The unique clinic, known as Afya Bora Complete Dentistry Ltd is aimed at encouraging preventive dental services in Tanzania.
Dr Donna Williams-Ngirwa, chief executive officer of the clinic says the office, which is located at Regent Estate in Dar es Salaam, will also focus on the relationship between oral health and human health in general.
He said this is the first office in Tanzania to offer Reveal Clear Aligner.
“Research shows that many diseases such as diabetes, strokes, lung infections and other illnesses have strong correlation to infections in the mouth, so the clinic is going to provide solutions of the challenges leaving smiles to people,” she said.
Dr Williams-Ngirwa who has been connected to Tanzania since childhood has a dental office based in the US. She lived in Mwanza in the 1970s where she witnessed tremendous growth in Tanzania and was inspired to set up a facility together with her husband.
According to her, a complete dental clinic focuses on educating patients about how oral health is linked to other illnesses with the aim of improving their total overall health.
Dr Gilbert Tarimo, the lead dentist at Afya Bora Centre said the facility aims at transforming Tanzania’s oral health care from a curative model to a preventive one.
“We carry out thorough education of the patients’ mouth and the patient is provided with a detailed report of their mouth and the steps they can take to improve their oral health,” he emphasized.
He said many people look healthy with pleasant lifestyles but lack oral health services, the problem which Afya Bora is determined to medically address.
The facility offers full service dental solutions including thorough cleanings, fillings, crowns, clear braces and other dental treatment services. It will also offer rare opportunities for dental graduates from higher learning institutions including those from Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS)
It is important to note that a good number of local staff have been undergoing extensive training since January this year to enable them to provide exceptional services. Talented local dentists, who cannot afford to open and run their private dental clinics, will also benefit.
According to Dr Ngirwa, people don’t have dental insurance. Due to this fact under Afya Bora ni Kinywa programme, the clinic will provide free medical exams, ex-rays, cleaning and 20 percent reduction on all dental treatments.
“We believe this will encourage patients to get their preventive work done as well as educating our patients about tooth loss,” she asserted.