Whatâ€™s the first thought that comes to your mind when you think of smiling?
Well, for sure with this question, your mind must have kick started already. But does your smile become a big turn off for others? There might be hundred of reasons for that â€“ a bad breath, yellow teeth, cavities, gap etc. However, these things happen with age and somewhere due to ignorance from your side. Now, think of having yellow teeth, gaps, cavities during your childhood with absolutely no fault of yours. Taking care of some of these basic needs at its Institutional Care Project; Deepalaya with the support of American Express organized a Dental Care Camp at Deepalaya Gram, Gusbethi on 30th March, 2010.
Around hundred and ten students residing at the Deepalaya hostel (both girls and boys) went ahead to discuss their dental issues with Dr. Nitin Garg, the dentist from the hospital in the nearby town of Tavru at the camp.â€ Dental care is the primary health care. It involves taking good care of your teeth, gums. Dental care includes prevention and treatment of diseases of the gum and teeth, and also the replacement or repair of defective teeth. The children need to pay enough attention to teeth care and must brush their teeth twice a day. This would help the children in keeping you healthy and sound,â€ stated Dr. Garg, B.D.S, M.I.D.A from Garg Hospital. After checking some cases, he said that most children have yellow teeth because of the presence of fluoride in the water they drink and due to lack of calcium in their bones. Such camps intervenes Deepalaya towards the necessary attention needed for the children.
Present at the camp was a team for American Express (AMEX) who were all the more excited to see the well disciplined children visiting the dentist for a check up. â€œWe have been associated with Deepalaya from a long time now and organizing this camp is part of our CSR activity. The dentist has detected the problem of the presence of fluoride in the water, we would try and make available a water purifier for the children of Deepalaya,â€ stated Mr. Lalit Malik (Vice President, American Express).
Amex employees are sponsoring around 39 children studying at the various Schools of Deepalaya. Through the employee Pay Roll Giving program, they make a monthly contribution to support their sponsored child. This is collected and mediated through the Charities Aid Foundation India (CAF India).
The day was both educational and fun-filled for the children of Deepalaya and the contribution from Amex definitely cheered up the entire Deepalayan Team!
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