Deployed preventative health series: Dental clinic helps AUAB bite back
By Technical Sgt. Carlos J. Treviño, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
/ Published August 19, 2016
AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar --
Every deployed service member and coalition partner here serves a role in supporting critical regional airpower goals. However, when they suffer from a dental problem, their ability to work can be adversely compromised and may even limit their ability to support the combat mission.
The 379th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron’s dental clinic, which is staffed by only three Airmen, treats nearly 350 members from both Team AUAB and Camp As Sayliyah every month to ensure deployed personnel remain mission-ready.
Deployed Preventative Health Tip: One of the largest drivers of dental health issues in many deployed locations is the over-consumption of sugary energy drinks. The dental health experts here advise avoiding these drinks and reducing the amount of sugar based snacks that are in abundance at dining facilities, as they may cause cavities.
With the month of August designated as Preventive Health Month by the Air Force Medical Service, the deployed preventative health series examines the health and vitality of the nation’s warfighters. Click here to read more about preventative health topics in this series.