Screen_Shot_2013-11-18_at_8.53.03_PMThe International Health Outreach volunteer dentists are back in Belize and this time around, they are screening and treating children and adults in San Jose Village. CTV3 News’ Maria Novelo was at the Full Gospel Church where the dental clinics are being held and filed this report.


Maria Novelo- - Reporting


More than a hundred villagers from the community of San Jose took advantage of the visiting teams dental clinics that opened today. A total of 4 Dentists, 2 General Hygienists and other volunteers make up the International health Outreach team that is visiting from the US and providing free dental care to those in need.


ERIC SEREMSKI – General Dentist


“Primarily we came down here to teach other dentist from the United States, how to treat children in a better way without having to take their teeth out, without using drill, we use a mini sand blaster and we use ozone which kills bacteria that caused cavities so it is easier than using drills and shots, so that is why we came down her to try to teach these dentists how to use that.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“Are they being receptive to that approach?”


ERIC SEREMSKI – General Dentist


“Goodness, what do you hate when going to the dentist? You hate the shot and the drill. That is the worst part so yes it is much gentler way on treating patience for sure, it is much easier and it is much more predictable, you don’t have cavities again, you don’t go back to the dentist for another cavity later on.”    

What was unique about this clinic is that the team is using a simple 60 second treatment with a device that delivers a burst of ozone gas. General Hygienist Shirley Cutkowski spoke on its efficacy.


Shirley Cutcowski - General Hygienist


“We use the ozone gas to kill the bacteria that are invading the tooth that are causing the tooth to decay and the same process that are infecting the gums so we are using the ozone gas to get rid of that infectious bacteria.  It is more effective and it is less invasive that is the beauty part of it that we can use the gas to get rid of that bacteria and to kill that bacteria without using a knife or any of the traditional things that we use to use.”


The group will be seeing patients until Thursday. Maria Novelo for CTV3 News.

After they depart the country end of the week, the team is scheduled to return to Belize in February of 2014.

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