Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Have you ever seen a cuter girl than this (besides your own children)? Mom came to see us wanting to know if we could do anything to fix her smile.
Yikes! This is the same girl above. This is what Fluorosis can do to the teeth of the children here in Kenya. Excess fluoride in the water causes the staining and pitting of teeth as well as skeletal malformations in the legs. It is not her fault, she simply grew up in Nakuru where the water has naturally over 11 times the therapeutic amount of fluoride. It always makes me feel life is unfair.
I did find out from our missionary friends in Nakuru that there is a Catholic charity that makes fluoride filtration systems using crushed bone that are relative cheap (15 dollars) and last for years.