Dentist comes to aid of children in pain

Sudbury dentist Rouzbeh Elahi who went to Morocco with a charity to help children needing dental attention. ANL-161110-101724001
Sudbury dentist Rouzbeh Elahi who went to Morocco with a charity to help children needing dental attention. ANL-161110-101724001

Sudbury dentist Rouzbeh Elahi has been helping children with toothache living in remote hill villages in the mountains of northern Morocco.

He joined a charity called Dental Mavericks which organises trips for dentists to the Rif and Atlas mountains.

Whilst there he worked alongside other dental professionals to take out troublesome teeth.

He said people walked for hours from long distances to get to the pop-up dental clinics.

Rouzbeh, 40, who works at the Perfect Smile clinic in Prince Street, said it was an eye-opening experience.

He said: “I didn’t know what to expect but now that I have been, I definitely want to go back again.

“We travelled very remote areas and you thought there can’t possible be any communities here. But it was amazing how people just turned up from all over the area, some walking for hours to get there.

“We didn’t have lots of equipment with us and most of the work involved extractions where the teeth couldn’t be saved.

“The charity organises the dental project a few times a year to help with dental pain of the children of Morocco. I will definitely be going out for longer next time now I know what to expect.”

He added: “I would like to express my gratitude to patients and staff and Perfect Smile for their sponsorship and help making this trip possible.

“I hope to be able to do it again and to, hopefully, take another dentist with me so we can do more than only extractions.”

Dental Mavericks started its work in 2010 and dental professionals from Britain and around the world give their time to visit the clinics which are set up over one, two or three days in very remote areas where access to dental treatment is practically nonexistent.

In one day, the team can treat anything between 250-400 children.

During Rouzbeh’s trip to Barbared last month, the charity also visited the remote Rif mountain villages of Khizana and Benizid.

The charity not only treats children’s dental pain, but also has a programme to encourage good oral hygiene in between project visits, with the assistance of local school teachers and other carers. They also leave behind lots of toothpaste, brushes and fluoride for the children and their families.