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11 July 2016

[The Star] Free dental check-up for 31 children

By Chan Lye May

IT WAS smiles of pearly whites all around as students from SEGi University’s Faculty of Dentistry gave free dental screenings to 31 children from Rumah Kasih Harmoni, Sungai Buloh as part of the university’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative.

SEGi University’s Faculty of Dentistry collaborated with HausofEvents to hold the first-ever event of its kind at SEGi’s Oral Health Centre in the university’s main campus in Kota Damansara on July 1.

The event which was aptly named “The gift of knowledge, personal care & love” aims to educate young children on the importance of dental healthcare.

Year 4 and Year 5 students from the university’s Faculty of Dentistry shared educational insight on dental health with the underprivileged children aged between two and 12 years old through an oral hygiene workshop and a skit on oral health awareness.

The children were also given a tour of the faculty of dentistry before their dental screenings.

“It is best to educate children by having their teeth checked and see if any treatment is needed,” said SEGi University Faculty of Dentistry dean Datuk Prof Dr Fawzia Abdullah.

SEGi University & Colleges group president and executive director Datuk Mohamed Azahari Kamil said the best gift for any child was a gleaming smile during the festive season.

“Rather than giving products like clothing and food, we wanted to do something different that represents our tagline – Best in you made possible.”

Mohamed Azahari pressed on the importance of societal love and unity, and hoped more events such as this would continue to be held for other festive occasions.

The dental students acted professionally and with care as they carried out the dental screenings.

Some even cracked jokes to make the children comfortable as they sat in the dentist chair.

“I was not afraid at all,” said 10-year-old Muhammad Hamizan Darwsy Danish Hazan after his dental screening.

Children who require follow-up treatments will continue to be treated by SEGi University’s Faculty of Dentistry.

A study by the Ministry of Health Malaysia indicates that 40% to 75% of schoolchildren have dental caries.

Early education on oral hygiene and dental health is important to raise awareness among children and to curb this problem.

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