The PSSA is committed to educating, preventing and treating oral health problems in all underprivileged children. We feel strongly that it is our duty to give back to society in gratitude for the privileged education and skill which we have received.
This Outreach Program launched on 26 November 2010 at the PI Branemark Institute in Rivonia, Sandton and has shown incredible growth and amazing results over the years.
One Friday per month around 20-30 underprivileged children are treated in the dental clinic. The children undergo screening and receive polishing, fluoride treatments, restorations and extractions as needed.
All procedures are carried out under local anaesthetic and if necessary sedations can be arranged.
Healthy, delicious snacks and water are provided for them. We also encourage the children to look after their teeth, eat healthy food, drink water and practice good hygiene habits, for example, washing hands regularly.
We usually have 3-4 volunteering dental professionals who offer their services on a pro-bono basis. All materials and consumables are sponsored, and the clinic is run by Dr Chelsea Cahi and Dr Marietjie Weakley.
The outreach program is linked with the Dental Wellness Trust, an initiative which aims to educate disadvantaged children on the importance of good oral hygiene.
Currently, we look after 13000 children in Khayelitsha, Soweto and Alexandra but we would like to expand into all rural areas nationwide.
Join Us and Give Something Back
We invite you to join us on this amazing project! Commit a little bit of your time and expertise to these underprivileged children – it is so heart-warming to see their smiles and to know we make a difference in their lives!
Email our Head of Outreach Programmes, Dr Chelsea Cahi, to find out about the next project or sign up to our newsletter.