On March 11th, 2021, the Dentistry’s Dean of Students Office in Dentistry at Tishk International University concluded the final phase of the dental awareness project at Hawler Mall. A dental team was assembled from the fourth-grade Dentistry students and their task was to conduct oral examinations for the people that visited the mall. The team also handed out appointments and arranged visitations to the dental polyclinics of Tishk International University for those who required further dental treatment. The team was supervised by Dr. Noor Ali, Dr. Reem Zyad, and Dr. Hedi Shwan (Research Assistants at the Dentistry Faculty of TIU).
This project was planned on November 8th, 2020 in which the first meeting was conducted. On March 4th, seven days before the projects final phase, the team visited the malls administration to ask permission to conduct the project and to arrange cooperation between both associations. Shortly after receiving permission, they visited the mall again to put together the venue and prepare for the final phase.
Dental health is an integral part of general wellbeing and is an important asset for individuals of all ages. Despite its value, oral health remains a neglected health element. Many people underestimate minor issues regarding their oral health that may lead to much bigger and difficult health complications in the future. The project was designed to raise awareness of oral and dental health amongst the community and convey the importance of regular check-ups to not only solve oral health issues, but also prevent them.