Big gaps found in Dubai workers’ dental health
DUBAI // More than two thirds of labourers who took part a free dental screening programme were found to be suffering from tooth decay.
The programme involved check-ups for 700 people. Of those, 500 needed treatment by a hygienist, while 250 needed teeth removed.
Almost 200 workers were found to have teeth missing and required fixed or removable dentures.
Gum disease was also widespread – it was diagnosed in 300 of the labourers.
The programme, launched earlier this year, is part of a Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum initiative.
Saif Bin Markhan Al Ketbi, director general of the Office of the Crown Prince of Dubai, said: “We will ensure that workers, too, can benefit from oral treatment that can be prohibitively expensive.
“We are committed to achieving our goal of screening more than 2,000 workers. In addition, the visits by the clinical teams to camps have been an effective method to improve overall oral hygiene standards in Dubai.”
In 2014, the Dubai Dental Clinic screened more than 1,400 members of the community, including school pupils, workers, and children with special needs, and held education sessions on how to maintain a healthy smile.
This year, dental staff from the clinic completed screenings twice a week during Ramadan, checking about 100 workers a week.
Free check-ups were conducted by a team of dentists and dental hygienists from the Dental Medicine Clinic at Dubai Healthcare City.
“An ethical responsibility of the health care profession is public welfare,” said Dr Raja Al Gurg, executive director of Dubai Healthcare City Authority, another stakeholder in the project.
“It is an honour to be entrusted with the responsibility to help improve the health status of workers.”
The initiative is a collaboration with the Permanent Committee for Labour Affairs in Dubai, and the Dubai Dental Clinic, the clinical entity of the Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine at Dubai Healthcare City.
Updated: August 30, 2015 04:00 AM