Den­tal clinic opens

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA McLEAY

There will be ex­tra clean teeth and white smiles in Mata­mata now that Firth Pri­mary School has a brand new den­tal clinic.

The clinic is the first to open of six that the Waikato District Health Board is build­ing in the re­gion.

The build­ing was of­fi­cially opened on Mon­day April 18 af­ter it was blessed by Rev­erend James Clair who rep­re­sented the Ngati Raukawa iwi, Butch Tuhakaraina from Ngati Haua iwi, Irene Mahi and Bruce McNee.

Waikato Hos­pi­tal chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Jan Adams was pleased to fi­nally be open­ing the first clinic.

‘‘This is the most sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment the District Health Board has ever made in the Mata­mata com­mu­nity,’’ she said. ‘‘This is a great day for Mata­mata. ‘‘ So here’s to healthy teeth and chil­dren.’’

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the new clinic is a mo­bile den­tal truck that will bring help to chil­dren need­ing den­tal work.

The mo­bile units visit each school in the Mata­mata-Pi­ako district to give reg­u­lar checks, pre­vent de­cay, ap­ply flu­o­ride and fis­sure sealants, clean teeth and give home den­tal care ad­vice.

The den­tal ther­a­pists will re­fer pa­tients to the clinic if they need fur­ther den­tal treat­ment such as fill­ings, stain­less steel crowns and baby teeth ex­trac­tions.

Ms Adams said she be­lieved chil­dren were our fu­ture and there was a lot of ev­i­dence that good oral health helped learn­ing.

The six clin­ics and the mo­bile units have been a $9.78 mil­lion in­vest­ment for the Waikato to main­tain oral health in chil­dren.

Firth Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal James Eldridge said the school was thrilled to see the plans come to life.

‘‘Our school was se­lected as the lo­ca­tion for the clinic be­cause it is very cen­tral – close to both Mata­mata Col­lege and Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate,’’ he said.

‘‘The cost of do­ing this was go­ing to be great to bear alone but we have had great sup­port from ev­ery­one in the Mata­mata com­mu­nity.’’ The den­tal unit sits where room 11 used to be. The for­mer learn­ing fa­cil­ity room had to be re­moved last year to make way for the new clinic.

The clinic is avail­able for schools in Mata­mata and will be open daily and in the school hol­i­days.


Blessed: Den­tal open­ing: Right, Rev­erend James Clair, right, prays over the new den­tal clinic at Firth Pri­mary School

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