In Austria many children from Tirol have healthy teeth. There is a good reason why: with the Dentomobil, a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter converted into a mobile dental surgery, dentists regularly visit Tirol’s schools and examine the children. All without drilling. The dentists examine the children’s teeth and then give them a letter for their parents. The letter describes the results of the examination and provides tips about how to perhaps improve the child’s dental health. The dentists will likely have little to complain about when it comes to the condition of the children’s teeth. Because the last dental survey in Austria five years ago revealed: the children in Tirol have the best teeth.
Practical reality at Tirol’s various schools proves that the Sprinter converted into a dental surgery keeps what it promises. The dentists have to drive the Dentomobil to even Tirol’s most remote mountain villages. The doctors have learned that they can completely rely on the Sprinter. Driving it is uncomplicated and stress-free. And has been for 25 years. After quarter of a century and 480,000 km, Tirol’s dentists are now driving their third Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. It just keeps on driving. The specially trained team of dentists and their mascot “Bürstli” continue visiting Tirol’s children at schools and kindergartens.
The “avomed” organization keeps the Dentomobil in shape and on the road – the work group for preventive medicine and health support in Tirol. avomed was established by the medical association for Tirol in 1984. In addition to the Dentomobil and its mobile dental care, the organization also runs 19 other programs and projects for dental health in Tirol. avomed supports children from birth until their tenth year – literally from the very first baby teeth.