With a population of 14.7 million, more than half of all the residents in Guatemala live in poverty. But from the smoldering volcano to the bright colors to the souped-up chicken busses, the country is alive and filled with personality, and the inner beauty of the Guatemalan people make it a very special place.
From January 23-28, 14 members of the Smile Generation® family served at the Pacific Dental Services® Foundation’s clinic outside of Antigua, Guatemala. The team had the privilege to serve 119 patients and provide nearly $70,000 in donated dentistry. “This is the first time I have traveled on one of these international trips with the PDS® Foundation, and I was blown away by the joy of the patients I had the privilege to serve,” said owner doctor, Ashley Hopkins, from Austin, TX. “I absolutely fell in love with the people of Guatemala. I also had a great time getting to know other dentists and team members from different regions. We’ll be friends forever!”
Realizing the tremendous need for oral healthcare in Guatemala, the PDS Foundation established a clinic in Xenacoj, Guatemala in January of 2015. Dental diseases continue to be a serious problem for Guatemalans with poverty, poor education and malnutritio n being the major factors. The clinic sits in a rural yet accessible region located just off the Pan American Highway. Through a partnership with Hope Haven International, the PDS Foundation Clinic provides comprehensive care to many individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. In addition, the clinic supports Special Olympics athletes and their families.
To ensure the Clinic’s long term sustainability, the Foundation established a residency program with the University of San Carlos to ensure oral health services are provided year round. The program has already graduated five students and three more students are currently in their ten-month rotation.
In addition to Guatemala, the Pacific Dental Services Foundation provides oral healthcare to underserved populations in Ethiopia and Fiji. Since the Foundation’s first service trip in 2010, over 100 clinicians have volunteered, providing care for over 13,000 patients.
Thank you to all the PDS team members who give their time and talent to serve others.
Dallas Business Journal recognizes Dr. Sulman Ahmed, Founder & CEO of DECA Dental Group, as one of the selected 2018 Minority Business Leader honorees. After having judges review more than 100 nominations, Tracy Merzi, publisher of DBJ, notes that the 2018 class of honorees “represent the best of the best in North Texas.”
In January 2017, Affordable Dentures & Implants announced it would partner with Brighter Way Institute of Phoenix, Arizona, for a nationwide program to deliver free dental implant, oral surgery, and prosthetic treatment to hundreds of US military veterans and homeless citizens. The network of affiliated dental practices set a goal of contributing nearly $3.25 million in pro bono implant and prosthetic services in 2017.
Affordable Dentures & Implants has announced that it exceeded its goal and donated more than $3.5 million in dental services in 2017. Overall, 120 doctors from more than 20 states participated in the six Brighter Way events, where approximately 1,500 implants were placed and approximately 350 denture pieces were fabricated. Affordable Dentures & Implants is looking forward to continuing the program in 2018 and again has six Brighter Way events scheduled. The company hopes to meet and exceed the level of donated care given in 2017.
Most people go in for their routine dental check-ups expecting a free toothbrush, not balloons and confetti. Sisters Ava, 7, and Lily Middleton, 5, received special treatment on Tuesday though.
The sisters were the 100,000 and 100,001 patients at the My Community Dental Center. The local center is one of 36 centers statewide who have been scheduling new patients since 2006 in an effort to reach 100,000 children served. MCDC also has centers in Coldwater, Three Rivers and Sturgis.
This week MB2 Dental Solutions reflected humbly on the company’s ability to come together and help victims and employees affected by Hurricane Harvey, the devastating hurricane that hit Houston in August. The latest video in the dental service organization’s We Are Dentistry series, titled “Overcoming Hurricane Harvey 2017”, depicts disaster relief efforts and features staggering stories of MB2 Dental employees impacted by the Category 4 hurricane.
As dental health advocates work to remove barriers to dental care among underserved areas in Louisiana, two new Aspen Dental-branded practices are scheduled to open in December – making access to dental care even easier for residents in the Bayou State.
Appointments are now available at the two practices which are scheduled to open on Dec. 7 in New Iberia and Dec. 21in Lafayette. The offices will be open Monday through Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. as well as select Saturdays. Walk-in and emergency patients are welcome. Services at the offices will include general dentistry, dentures and denture repairs, preventive care, and restoration services.
National children’s dental provider Kool Smiles collected more than four tons (8,594 pounds) of Halloween candy during its sixth annual Operation Troop Treats, the nation’s largest dentist-sponsored Halloween candy exchange benefiting U.S. service members and their families. Designed to promote good dental health while giving deployed U.S. troops a “sweet” reminder of home during the holiday season, Operation Troop Treats is a partnership between Kool Smiles and Operation Gratitude. More than 450 dentists from 123 Kool Smiles offices in 14 states and the District of Columbia were involved in this year’s effort. In addition to the Halloween candy, Kool Smiles is donating dental kits and the funds to cover the assembly and shipment of 200 care packages.