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Rotarian wants students to brush up

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Dentist Bill Martin thinks it can go along with hand-washing practices

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Dr. Bill Martin has seen some mouths that look as if they belong to children living in a Third World country.
Only he's not looking at teeth belonging to the indigenous Ecuadoreans he has treated on two trips to the mountains of that country.
These belong to residents of Levy County.
"We have teeth as bad as that of third world countries," Martin said. The Chiefland dentist ought to know. For the past two years he has led teams of students to join with two Rotary Clubs in Ecuador to head into the mountains to treat children and adults. "We are going up into the Andes and working with indigenous people who have no access to dental care," he said.
Often, he says, the only thing they can do is extract teeth. "As a dentist, I don't want to remove teeth," Martin said. "We've got to look at preventing stuff."
As a result, he's buying into the World Health Organization's push for preventative dentistry for children.


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