Farah spreads good dental hygiene all over the world
Since Farah Baiati took over as head of C4 Tandvård in Kristianstad in 2017 the number of patients has increased and more services are offered.
– We have patients from different backgrounds and a lot who come to us from different countries, including Denmark, she says.
”My father was the strongest motivation for me to follow that path”Farah Baiati
It all began in Broby. Farah Baiati was a trainee at Folktandvården (the health service dental clinic) in 2008, when her father, Fahad, a dentist, was working there. At that time Farah was in her last year at Ekbacka upper high school.
She studied the whole dentistry course in Copenhagen along with her husband Meshaal Hasan. Danish was a problem for them, but they overcame it.
– During our five years of dental studies my husband had always top marks, which made me very proud. He got prizes and free courses too, the day we graduated. He was quite simply the best in the class, says Farah Baiati.
– Now we work together as a family business. But we have a few colleagues from different countries. We feel that we are an integrated team at the clinic.
”At first I was scared that there would be blood from the patient's mouth, but I soon got used to it”Farah Baiati
Start brushing when the first tooth appears
Caries, which causes holes in the teeth, is 1.5 - 2 times more common in children and young people whose parents have bad teeth themselves.
It is a good thing to start using a toothbrush as soon as the child's first tooth breaks through.
Brush the teeth morning and evening with a toothpaste containing fluor.
Let the teeth rest between meals and all night.
Drink water between meals.
Dental care is free for children and young people up to the age of 23. Children and young people under 18 who have applied for asylum have also free dental care.
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– I always love the smell of the materials we work with. My father was the strongest motivation for me to follow that path. At first I was scared that there would be blood from the patient's mouth, but I soon got used to it.
In the middle of the interview Farah Baiati breaks off to speak to her colleague by telephone. It was nothing acute, just a practical question, a quick word of advice from an experienced dentist. .
Farah Baiati is well-known among the people in Kristianstad. Her Instagram account has around 40,000 followers from all over the world.
She says that in building up a good, solid relationship with patients it is important to speak to them and answer their questions.
”I can't let anyone be in pain without doing something about it”Farah Baiati
– I feel that I am responsible for all my patients and for their dental health, until the patient is well. When a patient contacts me I try to answer as quickly as possible, so that I can be sure that all is well.
– This means that I am always prepared for emergencies, I can't let anyone be in pain without doing something about it.
Farah Baiati says it is a question of teaching children to look after their teeth right from the beginning. Something that can be unfamiliar to young people from other countries.
”There are a lot of patients with a background in another country who haven't been to a dentist for ten years”Farah Baiati
– In Sweden children learn from an early age how important it is to look after their teeth. There are a lot of patients with a background in another country who haven't been to a dentist for ten years. They think that is something to be proud of, as against Swedish patients who go regularly to the dentist's.
Why do you publish information in Arabic for your followers?
– A lot of people think they only need to go to the dentist's if they have toothache, and that is all wrong. You should have your teeth examined regularly. That, and many other questions, motivated me to start to raise the level of consciousness and go out with information for everyone.
What is it like now in the Corona crisis?
– The clinic is open as usual, in fact, with the difference that we try our best to have as few patients as possible here at the same time. And we clean and sterilise after every patient.
– We follow the demands set by The Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) and are careful to observe strict hygienic routines. Everyone who needs to see a dentist can get an appointment, says Farah Baiati.
– You can't just close everything down. Our view is that we have a certain social obligation to keep on with what we are doing.
Lives: in Hammarslund
Family: husband Meshaal Hasan, a 4-year-old daughter
Profession: dentist. Worked for about two years at Folktandvården in Alvesta and a year and a half at Tandvårdshuset in Kristianstad.
Leisure time: publishes advice on dental care on the social media. Has an Instagram account, dr.farah.albaiati, with ”Dagens fråga” (Question of the Day) where she answers questions from her followers.