Clinic in Siem Riep, Cambodia

SmileTree just received this dispatch from “Branch Officer” David Fireberg, DDS of http://www.firebergdental.com/, who is currently serving at our Clinic in Siem Riep, Cambodia.     Many thanks for your generous support and for being away from your family during Thanksgiving to do...

Baumrucker Memorial Clinic

An Open Letter To Monique Baumrucker… Pledge Your Support Here Dear Monique – Thank you for your generous sponsorship of SmileTree’s Oct 31 – Nov 7, 2015 dental clinic in Kathmandu, Nepal. The clinic hosted a total of 12 volunteers who provided critical first time and follow up dental care to 944 children and their teachers. The twelve volunteers traveled to Nepal from six states in the US as well as from Canada. The group included 6 dentists, two hygienists, and four non-dental volunteers. The clinic was set up in a classroom of the Shree Mangal School in Boudha on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Senior students from the host school worked alongside volunteers assisting chairside, leading children in toothbrush instruction, managing the lines of children, and keeping instruments sterilized and stocked. This group worked a total of six days – days rich in cultural interaction and often long and demanding work. As you know, our model of care is to treat a school of children, seeing them class by class. Each child is given an initial dental exam, a new toothbrush and tooth brushing instruction. After their exam, children receive all necessary care – fillings and extractions – to bring them back to full dental health. This may take up to three visits to the clinic, and a strong effort is made to complete these visits during the clinic’s six days of operation. Each child also is given a preventive fluoride treatment and a dental cleaning when time permits. Most importantly, after each school receives the needed care, they are scheduled to return to the clinic every 1.5 –...