Women in progress…

At ADCERRA, we believe that Women Empowerment is the key to a functioning evolving society. We think it is time women, and especially women from rural areas, take their power back and assert their family position.

The Future is Female, and it is now.

Dental Health Workers

The Dental Health Workers are selected and trained to do the basic dental care in rural areas. Advertising process to select Dental Health Worker is done by going to the villages and meeting the village headman or village president. The project is explained and needed person from the village is then interviewed. We interview 3-4 people and explain our needs. Those who are interested in becoming part of the developing community are selected and trained.

From left to right: Gomathi, Lakshmi, Vimala, Vasenthi, Tamilselvi, Parvathi, Booma, Dr Angeli, Dr Jacques, Suryagandhi
Maniammal, Shantakumari, Shanthi, Sengeni, Amsaveni, Dhanalakshmi, Visalam, Kalaivani, Logenaiagi, Vijaylaksmhi

The candidate is selected based on the following requirements:

  • The candidate must be in a stable family situation
  • The candidate must be responsible
  • The candidate must be willing to improve the quality of life in the village and surrounding areas
  • The candidate should be eager to lead a team and be respectful to said team and patients
  • The candidate should be embraced in the village: married women with children are more accepted, they seem more legitimate to get the treatment done to the population of the village

“In India, women face a lot of obstacles such as their social position and financial status. Family values, respect and traditions represent an enormous part of Indian society. These women work and are financially independent but choose to remain close to their families for these reasons.”

Dental Health Workers training
From 1993 to 1996 we trained 26 women from the villages to acquire proprioceptive derivation (pd) skills parallel to basic knowledge to become Dental Health Workers (like dental hygienists) who had no medical/dental background except from secondary education. This training lasted 6 days from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

  • Days 1, 2: 12 exercises of body awareness in order to feel their preferred posture and body conditions for optional control and minimum stress.
  • Days 3, 4, 5: other exercises on simulated mouth for finger control with instruments in direct and indirect view.
  • Day 6: drilling exercise in indirect view on a ‘simulation mouth’ with a turbine (high speed drill at 500.000 rpm), the grove on the occlusal surface of the first upper right molar, keeping their optimal posture / position with a balanced head.

Controlling an extremely powerful device with a water spray (to cool down the tooth) to drill a soft acrylic tooth in indirect view is one of the most difficult task for a dentist.

The performers remove the early caries of mainly the primary teeth with no drilling and fill them with a specific cement which sticks and releases fluoride – a substance known to stop the decaying process.

The health workers do not drill cavities in the villages as they do not have the necessary equipment. However, they only use hand-operated tools and are trained to perform first-necessity dental care.

Stopping early caries avoid more costly dental care in a clinic, as well as the related health problems due to a lack of hygiene and to malnutrition.

“I remember this magic and unique experience – only possible in pd condition with pd equipment and instruments – overwhelming everyone in a very concentrated state of mind: I didn’t know how far they could succeed but they did it with the joy to discover their ability to do a such precise task! These women never held a turbine in their hand nor were used to do such a precise work with an accuracy of 2/10mm. But they did it as human beings – not as professionals – by using best their body balance and therefore enhance the manual skills!”

Jacques Verre, dental surgeon and founder of ADCERRA

The training program is meticulous. It adopts a dental practice method inspired from Vedic concept of Zero, where emphasis is put on the absence or need for care by promoting preventive and curative treatment by care providers in balanced posture.

The method takes good care of the practitioner, where proper sitting position and attention to good posture is emphasized. This is referred to as proprioceptive (or self awareness) practice. It allows a more efficient working condition, reducing physical stress and unnecessary waste of energy.

The training explores all aspects of the work, from dental surgery and the assistants to the Health Workers.