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Jamaica Dental Mission
Dentistry is a skill that is both acquired and taught; a skill that can change someone’s life. Being blessed with such a skill, I have made it my mission to change as many lives as possible. This is why I began participating in volunteer dental missions seven years ago. After my first dental mission to Jamaica, I was hooked! Addicted to the laughter of the children, the gratitude of the parents, and the smiles that were engraved in my mind. I have been volunteering one week of my time every year since 2012 to help the people of Hopewell, Jamaica get access to dental care, a luxury we in America take for granted. In Hopewell, there is one dentist for every 100,000 people. Dentistry is not something everyone can afford and going to the dentist is saved for a time when the pain gets so unbearable that one just can not take it anymore.
This dental mission partnered with the Tryall Fund, Great Shape!, and, this year, Serving Smiles allows dentistry to be attainable for four and a half days for those who go the entire year never seeing a dentist. Our team of four dentists, one oral surgeon, and ten hygienists are able to provide education with elaborate oral hygiene instructions, give the people of Hopewell dental cleanings that they sometimes have never even gotten, and fix teeth that if left alone would become hopeless. We also are able to extract teeth that are already causing pain or will soon become a problem.
Every year since 2012, our reach has expanded and the number of people we help has increased. This year we were able to treat 971 children and adults in our makeshift church clinic. We were also able to go to four different schools to give oral hygiene instructions and perform toothbrush prophies on children from the ages of four to six. This year I personally saw a total of 125 children and adults from May 6th to May 10th and did a combination of cleanings (for children) and fillings (for both adults and children).
The hugs I get from the patients of all ages after they leave my chair, the smiles I get as I’m walking from one church clinic to the other, and the blessings/prayers they give me from the moment I walk into the clinic on the first morning is where this addiction comes from. These are the reasons why I will never stop donating my time to the people of Jamaica who have won my heart. These are the reasons why I will never stop using this skill I have been blessed with to continue to touch someone’s life. These are the reasons I won’t stop until I save the world: one tooth at a time!