The CBCHS oral health programme (Dental Services) started in the late 1960s with just a few volunteers and Missionaries. Today, there are five Cameroonian Dentists, six Dental Therapists, 12 Dental Assistants, 14 Expanded Duty Dental Assistants and close to 30 Dental Auxiliaries. The average number of dental cases seen monthly in all CBCHS Dental clinics today stands at 3,500 in 2013 as against 50 in 1970. The CBCHS today runs 10 Dental Clinics in six of Cameroon’s ten Regions and 9 are functional. These are located as follows:
- Centre Region (Yaounde): Etoug-Ebe Baptist Hospital and Ekounou Baptist Health Centre
- Littoral Region (Douala): Mboppi Baptist Health Hospital
- South West Region: Baptist Hospital Mutengene, Kumba Baptist Health Centre
- North West Region: (Bamenda) Nkwen Baptist Health Centre, Mbingo Baptist Hospital, Banso Baptist Hospital
- Adamawa Region (Banyo): Baptist Hospital Banyo (Not functional)
- West Province (Bafoussam): Bafoussam Baptist Health Centre
Most clients are low income earners who depend on the CBCHS Oral Health Programme for their dental health. However, the Programme also regularly receives the well-to-do. As at now, this programme is the largest oral healthcare provider in Cameroon.
Services offered include:
- Scaling and Polishing
- Fillings (Composite and Glass Ionomer)
- Root Canal Treatment
- Removable partial and complete dentures
- Third molar surgery
- Management of facial injuries/mandibular reduction
- Removable orthodontic appliances
- Some cosmetic dentistry
- Facial veneers using composite
- Crowns and bridges.
The CBCHS Oral Health Programme was the first in Cameroon to fill adult (permanent) teeth with high viscous Glass Ionomer using the Atraumatic Restorative Treatment technique (ART). This technique is a new approach in the management of dental caries without using dental drill, plumbed water, or electricity. ART involves using hand instruments to clean dental cavities and filling with an adhesive, fluoride-releasing material – Glass Ionomer (High Viscous). The treatment process needs no anaesthetic because pain and discomfort are rare. This approach is entirely consistent with modern concepts of preventive and restorative oral care, which stresses maximum effort in the prevention and minimal invasiveness of oral tissues. The ART technique has enabled the CBCHS Oral Health Programme to go beyond the age of amalgam fillings and Black’s Principles of cavity preparation, with the hope of conserving as much tooth tissues as possible with maximum comfort. The goal of the CBCHB Oral Health Programme is painless dentistry for all.
To improve on her dental services, the CBCHS purchased three complete modern dental chairs and plans are underway to acquire more. In the same light, the CBCHS started recruiting Dental Auxiliaries from the Cameroon Baptist Convention Private Training School for Health Personnel (CBC PTSHP) in 2012 to boost the quality of services.
Community Oral Health Programme
The CBCHS started the Community Oral Health Programme in 2009 in Banso Baptist Hospital with support from Dentaid, a British dental charity organization devoted to the improvement of oral health in disadvantaged communities around the world. The programme has as focus to meet clients at their doorsteps in the fight against oral diseases.
This innovative initiative commenced with a School Oral Health Programme in primary schools. The programme offers oral health education, supervise daily tooth brushing (using tooth brushes and toothpaste), fill teeth using the Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART) technique, and do minor extractions.
It is worth noting that Dentaid initially supported the CBCHS with 10 dental surgeries, expert advice, workshops in dental equipment maintenance, infection control in dentistry, and Atraumatic Restorative Treatment.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Bouetou Tantoh Z. Theresia (Dental Surgeon)
Supervisor, CBCHS Dental Services
Tel: +237 677672143