You are what you eat — this is reflected in all parts of your body including your teeth! The industrial food system is changing the way that we eat. In rich and poor nations alike, people are eating more processed, sugary foods that harm our health. Taking back our food system and making access to fresh, nourishing and affordable food a human right are long-term preventive strategies; in the meantime, how can we take care of our oral health?
Where There Is No Dentist, Hesperian’s newly updated companion book to Where There Is No Doctor, gives clear, simple instructions to help individuals take care of their gums and teeth before they become severe problems. This invaluable resource teaches health workers, educators and individuals to prevent, recognize and treat common dental problems. Topics covered include dental exams, diagnosis of common dental problems, making and using dental equipment, using local anesthetics, placing fillings, removing teeth, and detailed material on HIV/AIDS and oral health.
This new edition, updated in 2011, features a new section on “Meth Mouth” – problems of the teeth and gums that result from the use of the addictive drug methamphetamine, used by increasing numbers of people around the world – and an updated resource section.
Act for health. Purchase your copy of the new 2011 edition of Where There is No Dentist today! Order five or more copies and receive a 20% discount.
Hesperian partner in Nepal featured on Global Motherhood blog
December 19, 2014
Even your creased, well-thumbed copy of Where There is No Doctor is no substitute for receiving attention from a compassionate and well-trained health care provider. In a recent piece on the Huffington Post’s Global Motherhood Blog , anthropologist Elisabeth Enslin describes how she used Where There Is No Doctor to advise her neighbors, who were reluctant to go to clinics after “they'd had their concerns dismissed, been sold expensive medicines or exams with dubious benefits, been chastised, misdiagnosed, misunderstood, inconvenienced, lost work time waiting for all-too-brief exams, been looked down on for their skin color, ethnic status, poverty, and/or gender.” Although she found that Where There is No Doctor provided “practical and thoughtful” solutions to many problems, she longed to be able to refer her Nepali advice-seekers to health services that would treat them with the respect and care they deserved. Read More
Help 8 Hesperian translations that are ready to go to print!
All Hesperian books are published in English and Spanish, but all of our titles are available in multiple additional languages - over 80 so far!
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Hesperian works with amazing grassroots partners around the world, supporting them as they translate our books. Right now, Hesperian is helping 8 translation partners, located in Afghanistan, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mongolia, the Philippines, and Pakistan, to realize their vision of translating and distributing Hesperian books into Dari, Georgian, Tamil, Bahasa, Bunyore, Mongolian, Cebuano, and Urdu. These are only the projects that are close to completion—you can see more on Hesperian’s website.