|Coruh Turksel Dulgergil (Season 01 - Episode 06)|
This Week's Changemaker; Coruh Turksel Dulgergil Keeps Kids Healthy Preventing Tooth Decay
On November 2009 Sabanci Foundation's "Turkey's Changemakers" program Dr. Coruh Turksel Dulgergil, who provided thousands of elementary school students with preventive dental care against tooth decay.
Working on this project since 1997, Dr. Turksel is using a method that is new to Turkey. Trained students from a medical vocational high school brush children's teeth with a gel that contains fluoride iodide in order to prevent tooth decay. This treatment also encourages children to make a habit of brushing their teeth.
Dr. Turksel's project reached over 30.000 elementary school students in a several regions of Turkey. Dr. Turksel's project not only improved children's dental health, but also created a positive economic impact, as dental treatments prove to be very costly for the Turkish economy.