Where There Is No Dentist – This 2012 updated reprint features information on Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART), a way to fill cavities without the use of a dental drill, as well as updated information on other training material and resources.
This book is an important companion to Hesperian’s classic book Where There Is No Doctor. All Hesperian books are regularly updated and reprinted to reflect accurate medical information.
Community health workers, educators and individuals from around the world use Where There Is No Dentist to help people care for their teeth and gums. This book’s broad focus makes it an invaluable resource. The author uses straightforward language and careful instructions to explain how to
- examine patients
- diagnose common dental problems
- make and use dental equipment
- use local anesthetics
- place fillings
- and remove teeth
There is also a special chapter on oral health and HIV/AIDS, which provides the dental worker with a detailed, well-illustrated discussion of the special problems faced by people living with HIV/AIDS, and appropriate treatment.
Review – Where There Is No Dentist
As a nurse educator, I can say that the Where There Is No Dentist text by the Hesperian Foundation, has been an excellent health resource text for us. Both its content, its diagrams and the educational level it was written for, have proven to be extremely useful. The content has been very practical in teaching lay Brazilians about oral hygiene and health care, as well as for identifying when oral and dental health problems exist and when and how to refer people to a dentist. It is rare that excellent health texts like this are written for the lay individuals. –Janette Ryan, Health Director Project AmaZon Mission [PAZ], Brazil
By giving a well-balanced mixture of illustrations and simple, succinct text in layman’s terms, the book provides valuable, hands-on advice for the most important oral health issues: oral health promotion in the community and basic oral care in low-resource settings. –Habib Benzian World Dental Federation (FDI)
[Where There Is No Dentist is] a full on do-it-yourself guide for community health workers, educators and individuals on how to diagnose common dental problems, handle dental equipment, use local anesthetics, place fillings without drilling and remove teeth. The book uses simple instructions to make dentistry as accessible as can be. The new edition even includes a chapter on oral health and HIV/AIDS, as well as a guide to treat the dental problems commonly faced by people living with HIV/AIDS. –Benjamin Joffe-Walt, Chief of Staff, Change.org, USA
About the Author – Where There Is No Dentist
Murray Dickson has worked in community health and oral health promotion in marginalized communities locally and internationally for several decades. As a CUSO cooperant, he and his family lived for two-year periods in Nigeria, Papua New Guinea and Mozambique. He twice evaluated a national dental training program in Cambodia, and has been a member of the project monitoring team for an HIV/AIDS control project in Kenya. Currently he is training consultant for the Training for Health Renewal Program (THRP), a partnership between the University of Saskatchewan and Mozambique s Ministry of Health.