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Doyle Nick

is associate director of dental affairs for the General Conference Health Ministries Department. He also teaches dentistry at the Loma Linda School of Dentistry, and previously served as a dental missionary to Asia.

​Learning in Zimbabwe

LLU dental team teaches oral care to nurses

It didn’t take long for the 14 public health nurses to come to a consensus. The question was “What are the five most common problems that your patients face?” They considered only moments before listing them off: malaria, HIV/AIDS, diarrhea, hypertension, and toothaches. Since all 14 are registered nurses, they know how to deal with the first four, but nurse’s training doesn’t prepare them to address dental disease.

That is why we found ourselves in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. A hygienist, a dentist, a hygiene student, and two dental students were part of a collaborative effort between the Zimbabwe Union Health Ministries Department, theå Loma Linda …

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