DENTAL CARE

Dentistry is an integral part of the services provided by our GFD team in conjunction with Fundenor NGO in Guatemala. Suffering from poor diets, lack of dental hygiene instruction, and access to professional care, the people we serve suffer from an incredible number of dental anomalies and disease. Due to the remoteness of the areas we serve and lack of follow up care, extraction of grossly decayed, non-restorable teeth, is the primary service the GFD dental team can offer. Over the last five years, our GDF team, averaged 400 extractions during a 5 day visit. The team is made up of three dentists (2 general dentists and a pediatric specialist) and two other essential members helping with sterilization and administration. The team has worked with and supported dental student groups from Coban, by training them on how to deliver care in remote areas. After completing their dental training, many of these dentists return year after year to voluntarily assist our dental team. Additionally, GDF works with Fundenor to provide supplies of toothbrushes, toothpaste and most importantly, instruction for proper use, throughout the remainder of the year.  We hope this will reduce the need for more invasive treatment when we are there. The relationships formed between team members, Guatemalan dental students and the people we treat are the most satisfying part of these journeys. 

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