I've been tagged by Galba Bright to participate in the Caring, Compassion, Charity meme that was started by Alex Shalman. My assignment is to write about a cause that is close to my heart and to list the things I'm going to do about it. I wrote about my cause initially about a week or two ago. It hurts my heart to see children suffering with pain caused by tooth decay and neglect. I cringe when I look at their x-rays and I am in awe of their toughness and dignity. They don't whine, they don't complain and they are grateful for what we do for them. I'm lucky to work for a dentist who cares. We treat these children without fee and they get the same as everyone else. Knowing that we not only give them a healthier mouth but also a healthier outlook on humanity is very rewarding. These kids know we care and that we are making a difference for them. Someday in the future, they will remember that and it may help them make a good choice for themselves or extend a hand in caring to someone else. The things I will do to help make a difference are:
I will go to schools and talk to children about oral care at home and about making good choices in the foods that they eat.
I'll screen the children so that they don't get into the condition of those we've seen.
I will meet with parents and let them know that their kid's teeth are important. I'll try to get them to make sure the kids have toothbrushes, paste and floss.
I'll try to get other dental offices involved so that more kids can be helped.
I plan to talk to the local newspaper and see if they'll do a story about the need for more dental care for underprivileged children in our town.
I'll write to manufacturers of dental products to see if they'll donate toothbrushes, paste and floss to us. Colgate, Crest, Oral-B, are you listening?