American Himalayan Foundation USA (AHF) helped build the Namche Dental clinic in 1991 to address the growing problem of tooth decay of Sherpa people, especially of the children of the Khumbu region. The dental clinic has been providing basic and fundamental dental care services in the region since 1991. Apart from the tooth scaling, extraction and hygiene services, it also provides dental education and awareness service to educate local children about preventive dental care. The children learn about the importance of a healthy diet and dangers to teeth from sweets and tobacco. And they have something to smile about: in the 25 years since the clinic’s founding, the staff have seen a noticeable decline in tooth decay among children at the altitude of 11,300 feet. Namche Dental clinic is the world’s highest dental clinic. It is the only dental care facility in the Khumbu region, which treates about 1,300 people a year from Namche Bazaar as far as Gokyo – a three day walking distance serving locals with cleanings, fillings, and extractions for a minimal fee.

Recently Namche Dental Clinic has been registered in Khumbu Pasanglhamu Rural Municipality, as per the changed governance structure of Nepal under federalism.

The services offered by the Namche Dental Clinic are as follows

  • Consultation
  • Scaling and Polishing
  • Restoration
  • Extraction (non-surgical and surgical)
  • Root Canal treatment
  • Fixed Prosthesis
  • Removable prosthesis
  • Complete dentures
  • Pulpectomy (for primary teeth
  • Root Canal – Recently added new service
  • Fixed prosthesis (Crown and Bridge) – Recently added new service
  • Removable partial and complete dentures – Recently added new service

Name list of Clinic Management Committee

  1. Mingma Sherpa, Chairperson
  2. Tsering Tenzin Sherpa, Treasure
  3. Amir Hamal (Dentist), Secretary
  4. Nima Sherpa, Member
  5. Mingma Chamji Sherpa, Member

Name list of Operation Team

  1. Dr. Amir Hamal (BDS),
  2. Mingma Lhamu Sherpa (Dental hygienist), and
  3. Pasi Sherpa (Office helper)

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