Wow, what a whirlwind few months it has been for the team at Build Your Smile Dental Foundation! Let me take a few minutes of your time to fill you in on all the happenings on our end. Maybe, just maybe, you will be so inspired that you’ll want to join our team.
We started 2020 off with a bang. Our amazing team of staff and volunteers embarked on the journey of a lifetime and headed to Uganda. We completed the second Clinical Outreach trip and third International Dental Symposium. The amazing volunteers that made up our team represented all disciplines in Dentistry and beyond. They came from many corners of the world, joining from Canada, the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. It seems that our reach is beginning to grow – which will enable us to diversify our programming in the not-so-distant future. We can’t wait to share our progress with you as soon as things become finalized. Stay tuned!
Over 8 clinical days, we saw:
2034 smiles, including:
1423 children (oral hygiene, fluoride treatments, triaged for restorations and extractions)
503 extraction patients with 830 extractions performed
105 dentures completed and delivered 282 teeth replaced.
98 hygiene and restorative treatments carried out
20 implants placed, impressed, and will be delivered at next outreach, and
6 implants restorations and one natural tooth crown inserted.
Our dental symposium featured speakers from the University of Toronto, including Dean Dan Haas, Drs. Parvaneh Bahrami, Rakan Baaj, and Izchak Barzilay, and from the University of Rochester, Dr. Carlo Ercoli. We partnered with local Ugandan schools, including Makerere University, Gulu College of Health Sciences and Mulago Dental School, among others. An audience of over 150 eager dental professionals and students were in attendance and were excited to learn of the latest technologies in dentistry. We are so proud to be able to facilitate these partnerships between North American institutions of higher education, and their counterparts in Uganda to be able to one day make our services in Uganda obsolete.
The senior members of our team had the opportunity to meet with government officials in both Uganda and Ethiopia to discuss the development of new outreach and education initiatives as we continue to expand our outreach capabilities. We hope to hold exploratory sessions with both countries to see how we can best serve their communities who are severely lacking in dental care and services.Our core team then descended upon Chicago for the annual Mid-Winter and American Prosthodontic Society Meetings. There we held more meetings with delegations from Central and South America. We are excited about the opportunity to expand our work to communities within the Americas (and to be able to offer you shorter and more accessible trips to join!).
And on that note, I’d like to ask you for your help. We would love for you to join our team. Please let us know if you have any interest in volunteering locally or abroad (and please take a moment to share us with anyone who might be interested), or if you have connections with communities that could use our support and resources. Expanding our reach is a group effort, and your feedback is invaluable. And as always, we would not be able to do what we do without your financial support, so if you feel compelled to make a donation, please do so here.
…because smiles have no borders.