The city kids had the occasional tooth that had decay, not too different to European kids, where as it was not uncommon for the children living in the outskirts to be presenting with swollen cheeks, relating to tooth borne abscesses!
Teachers were bringing children to us who were presenting with signs of stunted growth and did not have any appetite. They had put this down to abdominal problems. Following a brief dental examination, it became clear that these kids were
suffering with advanced tooth decay. So, it was no wonder they refused to eat!
We proceeded to spend the rest of the trip screening all the children in the rural schools. This would allow us to prepare the necessary resources for our future trips, when we would carry out the necessary dental treatment.