HEALTHCARE FOR TIBETANS
Cute kids get most of the help by non-profits. The same is true for Tibetans as they have great schools built for kids from pre-school to medical college. Many elderly have a difficult time getting what we would call routine care and especially dental care. When you are balancing paying rent, food and electric bills dental care is way down the list of extras. Like, past clothes and shampoo.
We were alerted to a Tibetan man who had lost so many teeth he was losing weight and could hardly eat. His gums were inflamed which made any chewing painful. Our dentist examined him and said every tooth left had to go as they are all too loose with no gum support. The happy news is this month after his inflammation has gone down he is being fitted with new full dentures so he will be able to eat anything again.
A Tibetan nun was in the same position. Having lost many teeth already, the bottom ones left were so loose she could wiggle them. She needed teeth to chew and teeth to bite. Initially she was very afraid of a dentist as her only experience was in Tibet when a dentist took out her upper tooth with a pliers. She had no idea what a modern dentist office looked like. It took two of us 30 minutes of convincing to get her to have the dentist look at her teeth. After her cleaning and x-rays she wanted everything done!