In an area covering 620 square meters sponsored by the royal family, the first of its kind Dental museum probably the largest museum in Asia was opened to public in Mahidol University in Bangkok. It is named as “Sirindhorn Dental Museum”. The museum mainly comprises of five main exhibits which are aimed at improving and understanding the importance of good dental health for visitors through direct interaction.
Dr. Phira Sithiamnuai, assitant professor and Deputy Dean for Collaboration and Networking at the faculty, said.
“Our goal for the museum is to encourage Thai children understand the importance of oral health in an entertaining way. We hope that learning with fun will inspire people to make healthy choices about their oral health.”
The exhibits comprise of a giant model of the mouth which help children and visitors to practice their tooth brushing skills and encourage good oral hygiene. The visitors are provided with huge tooth brushes as well and staff show how brushing is done in a correct manner. The other models are a model of a 3-D human which is used to show how oral health can affect the whole body and its overall well being.
There are exhibits which showcase the history of Dentistry throughout the Asian continent like Thailand, India and China by displaying dental materials and tools used in Dentistry during the start of dentistry. There are other models which showcase prehistoric human skeleton and other features which show the traces of unnaturally modified teeth.
Thailand which has a total of 11,607 dentists, translates the dentist to population ratio at 1:5,533 which is lower than that of developed countries which is at 1:2000. According to the Bangkok Post, Sithiamnuai about the dentist per capita ratio said the ratio in capital is 14 times higher (1:1,039) in Bangkok compared to the north-east of the country.
If you are visiting Bangkok, do make sure to visit the Sirindhron Dental Museum located at HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhron 50th Anniversary Building at the iniversity’s Phayathai campus. Entry to the museum is free without any entry charges and timings are Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 4.30pm except on public holidays.