Mission Trip to Micronesia 2014
Dr.Bailey recently provided dental care to people in need in Pohnpei, Micronesia.
Dr.Bailey said "The main reason we came here is to do what we can to help the dental and medical needs of the islanders. Life is very different here. Life expectancy is 63-67 with men dying younger. Dental needs are overwhelming. Most everyone, In fact I think everyone, have missing teeth and cavities."
Dr.Bailey and Dr.Krause fixing up an ultasonic scaler.
"Betelnut is a mild but addictive narcotic that stains the teeth with a solid black coating. The locals cut it open and sprinkle it with tobacco for extra flavor, then chew it. It is very difficult to remove and we did what we could but as long as they are chewing it, there is little value in removing it. It also, but we do not say this, arrests decay. I do not think we should recommend this as a cure for tooth decay. It is always a pleasure to see people without this stain."
The effect of Betelnut:
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