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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Tooth mob stop pain for Broome patients

A group of volunteer dentists from the Charles Perkins Trust project recently spent two weeks in Broome, extracting teeth and doing dental checks for more than two hundred patients.

Steve Hill, one of the volunteer dentist with the Tooth mob, says he has noticed significant problems in the dental health of patients in Broome. 'We are seeing people with a lot of decay and a lot of disease. It is our priority to deal with people in pain, and then educate them to have regular treatment in the future,' he said.

Philip Matsumoto the Chairperson of Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS) asserted that Tooth mob was a great program for local patients, while BRAMS works towards more long term solutions. 'A lot of Aboriginal people can't afford those sort of services. For an extraction of a tooth it could be up to $200, and they can't afford it, even if there is a subsidy.' said Mr Matsumoto.

Source: ABC Kimberley

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Last updated: 5 November 2013
 
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