Support Activities of the Sunstar Group for the July 2018 Heavy Rain in Western Japan

13 July 2018

Our thoughts are with everyone who was affected by the July 2018 heavy rain in western Japan.

We wish for the early recovery of everyday life and health maintenance of the people in the disaster areas.

The Sunstar Group delivered the following disaster relief goods to the temporary evacuation shelters and related organizations in disaster areas in response to the request from the local governments, since June 6.

– 1,680 adult toothbrushes and 240 kids toothbrushes

– 480 bottles of GUM dental rinse (mouth wash)

– 2,000 pieces of Emergency nutrition food

– 8,000 bottles of mineral water

We will continue to provide the following disaster relief goods at the request, while keeping in touch with each relevant ministries and agencies / local governments / dental associations.

– 2,400 toothpastes

– 1,440 bottles of GUM dental rinse (mouth wash)

– 720 sets of oral care travel set (dental paste and toothbrush)

– 2,400 adult toothbrushes and 1,200 kids toothbrushes

Our Activities to Acknowledge the Importance of Oral Care in Case of Disaster

After learning various lessons from prior major catastrophes in Japan, Sunstar began actively communicating information on oral care in the wake of disasters. A major earthquake can destroy large numbers of houses and buildings and leave a vast number of people―sometimes tens of thousands―without homes. Local schools and their gymnasiums become temporary shelters, and many people spend several weeks or months there together. These shelters are often short of water, and space for washrooms is limited, which discourages people from brushing their teeth or caring for their dentures. Many will see their oral hygiene condition worsen. In the aftermath of major disasters in the past, many of the elderly, who were weaker and less resistant to illnesses died of aspiration pneumonia. We have shared information in various ways on oral care methods in the evacuation centers, and we will continue to provide the information through website below.

Sunstar “Importance of Oral care in case of disaster