A Healthy Smile for BayaNiJuan

Ribbon cutting of the newly inaugurated dental facilities in BNJ with ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Ivoclar Vivadent Inc, and Calauan, Laguna Local Government

The community of BayaNiJuan sa Southville 7 can now have healthier smiles as the Ivoclar Vivadent Inc. inaugurated its own dental facilities, having it as one of the community’s newest health facility. Ivoclar Vivadent Inc. is a global leader in innovative materials and processes for quality, esthetic dentistry that has North American headquarters in Amherst, New York, which serves dentists and dental laboratory professionals across the continent that granted the wish of the BayaNiJuan community to have its own dental clinic.

Back in 2009 when the community was launched to be a resettlement area to house 5,000 families from Metro Manila who used to live along the esteros or who lost their homes after the havoc caused by Typhoon Ondoy, the only health facility in the community was the clinic - SM Wellness Center, donated by the SM Foundation.

For the residents who need dental care, they still need to go to Calauan’s Rural Health Unit which is outside the community. The dental services in the RHU are for free except for the anesthesia that costs around 90.00 pesos for the patients who would be undergoing tooth extraction.

But with the new dental facilities in BayaNiJuan’s community clinic, everything comes for free. It is not only the free service that gives a smile to the residents but also the top-of-the-line dental equipment given by Ivoclar Vivadent Inc. It includes  a dental chair that comes with LED light that is powered with a sensor to avoid cross infection among patients, autoclave for sterilization of dental equipment, and a dental x-ray machine that not all government dental clinics have. The cabinets in the clinic are also filled with medicines, syringes, masks and other dental needs.

Dr. Peter Flores the Head Business Development South East Asia of Ivoclar shares, “We always say that the best gift that anyone could ask is actually seeing the smile. As a dentist, I feel very, very honored and fulfilled if I see my patients smiling and for those people who can’t smile because of the absence of a good oral hygiene because of some conditions. It’s always nice and you feel very happy to bring back the smile of the people of BayaniJuan.”

Aside from the dental facilities and equipment, Ivoclar Vivadent Inc. is also paying for the dentist who will man the dental clinic.
“We know for a fact that providing equipment, materials, medication, is not enough. We need to make sure that this is being utilized and the advocacy of our Vivident Group of companies is not only to supply or provide materials but to give to the people the service of those materials, of the equipment,” Dr. Flores adds.
The dentist, Dr. Amorfina Anda, who is also a resident of BNJ, will conduct dental consultations, tooth extraction, cleaning, and dental filling three times a week for the community. Dr. Flores said Ivoclar chose a dentist from the community to also give livelihood to the people of BayaNiJuan.

Gratitude of the community


Nanay Teresita Ortenero thanking the partners

Nanay Teresita Ortenero, a 59 year old resident of BayaNiJuan, felt elated upon knowing that the community has its own dental facilities. As a community health worker, she said that it is a big help for them especially that she also has grandchildren who suffer from dental cavities, which is one of the reasons why they fail to attend school.
 “Ipinagdadasal po namin na sana, ang mga bata po ay maayos ang mga sira-sirang ngipin pati na rin ang matatanda. Sa mga bata na lang ho, hindi po namin alam kung saan dadalhin kapag masakit ang mga ngipin nila.
Ngayon, may malapit ng dental clinic dito. Isang blessing sa amin ito. Hindi na po naming poproblemahin kung saan dadalhin.”

Christine Joy Ruth Dela Cruz, 10 years old, is the very first patient of the dental clinic. She sat on the automatic dental chair to undergo teeth cleaning.


Christine Joy Ruth Dela Cruz, during her teeth cleaning

“Masaya po na meron na kaming dental clinic para pwede na kami magpalinis ng ngipin at magpabunot ng libre,” Christine muses.
For now, the BNJ dental clinic is also open for free to the near barangays in the community but for a limited number and it will be on a first come, first served basis. Once the community can handle a big number of patients, soon, it will be open for everyone who needs dental care.
The partnership of BayaNiJuan sa Southville 7 of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation and Ivoclar Vivadent Inc. is for two years. But Dr. Flores sees that the partnership is a big help for the community and will have positive results. “What we want to achieve is the BayaNiJuan people or the residents will experience the benefits and hopefully improve the condition and oral health of the people.”

To know more about the community of BayaNiJuan sa Southville 7, visit http://abs-cbnfoundation.com/bnj.