UNAIR NEWS – Pediatric dentists in East Java has made a new record. On Saturday, October 29, dentists affiliated in Indonesian Pediatric Dentists Indonesia (IDGAI) collaborated with Pediatric Dentistry Department (IKGA) Faculty of Dentistry (FKG) Universitas Airlangga broke a new record of caries prevention organization for kids.
The event “Caries Check and Fluoride Application to 2000 Elementary School Students” was held in Batu City Hall. As the host, Mayor of Batu Eddy Rumpoko appreciated the organization of IDGAI and IKGA FKG UNAIR.
“Mayor of Batu in the opening expressed his joy as Batu was chosen the venues for the event,” said the head of committee, Dr. Sindy Cornelia Nelwan, drg., Sp.KGA (K).
Indonesian Record Museum (MURI) was attended by Deputy Manager Ariyani Siregar. In her address, she expressed her positive response on the event organization.
The event ran well and lively. Since seven in the morning, the participants from elementary school and Islamic elementary school have crowded the city hall. Enthusiasm was seen not only from the participants but also from the dentists who provide the service.
“The event ran very well. Since 7 in the morning, enthusiasm could be seen from the dentists or even the participants,” said Sindy during interview.
To provide health service to elementary school students, IDGAI and IKGA FKG UNAIR team invited 250 medical operators from pediatric dentists, dentist from around Indonesia such as Makassar, Ternate, Balikpapan, Banjarmasin, Bandung, Jakarta, Medan, Lombok, and other regions.
The event consists of four activities. First, pediatric dentistry counseling. Second, brushing teeth together. Third, dental health check-up. Fourth, fluor topical application.
Fluor topical application is an application of fluor compound on the teeth. The children’s teeth will be coated with liquid substance like polish. Through the application, caries prevention can be performed early to children.
The event was held based on basic health research report (Riskesdas) in 2013, there were 53 percent of Indonesian population aged 12 years and over who have caries problems. The percentage was higher than the report in 2007 which was at 43 percent. The Indonesian Ministry of Health targeted Indonesian population to be caries free in 2030.
It was held in Batu as it was the same time with 15th Batu Anniversary. (*)
Author: Defrina Sukma S.
Editor : Binti Q. Masruroh