The Faculty of Dentistry, Syiah Kuala University (FKG Unsyiah) held a dental and oral health service in Aceh Jaya Regency, Tuesday (10/9). Vice Dean III FKG Unsyiah, drg. Teuku Ahmad Arbi, Sp.BM., said this activity was centered on the Calang Health Center and Calang Public Elementary School (SD Negeri 2 Calang) which involved the surrounding community and school students. He added that the social service activities included dental and oral health counseling, joint toothbrushes, coral cleaning, and tooth filling and extraction. This activity involved 40 young dentists and 22 FKG lecturers.
"This activity is important to do because the level of dental and oral health of the people of Aceh is still very low," he said.
Ahmad cited a survey of Basic Health Research (Riskesdas) in 2013 which concluded that 30.5 percent of the Acehnese had problems with dental and oral health. This figure is higher than the national average of only 25.9 percent.
"The main cause of this problem is the low awareness of the community and the lack of infrastructure facilities for dental and oral health services in Aceh," he continued.
He hopes that this activity can increase public awareness to do oral dental care, as well as routine control every six months.
This activity is part of the Integrated Social Service held by Unsyiah in the district in order to enliven the 57th anniversary of the year. This activity has started since October 7 and will end on October 12. Chairman of the Social Service Committee, Dr. Hajjul Kamil, S.Kp., M.Kep., Said there were 87 activities that took place in several locations in Aceh Jaya. This activity involved 12 Unsyiah faculties, 3 work units, and hundreds of students.
This integrated social service is the third time implemented by Unsyiah. Before that, the oldest campus in Aceh had implemented it in Gayo Lues and Pidie Jaya Regencies. [Public Relations Unsyiah / fer]