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Dental team from Boston University serves up smiles in Mexico

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Dental team from Boston University serves up smiles in Mexico
Dental team from Boston University serves up smiles in Mexico
by Fred Michmershuizen, DTA

BOSTON, MA / NEW YORK, NY, USA: A team of volunteers from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) recently conducted an outreach trip to Teacapan, Mexico, in which more than 250 underprivileged children were screened and treated.

The outreach program is called Project Stretch.

“This was my fifth mission and my third time in Teacapan,” said Kathy Held, assistant director of extramural programs at GSDM and longtime Project Stretch volunteer. “Each year I say, ‘It can’t get any better than this, so I will quit while I’m ahead,’ but each year has proven to be as unique and wonderful of an experience as the last one.”

Other GSDM team members included Clinical Assistant Professor Dr Frank Schiano, Robin Yamaguma, and Ismael Montane. Accoprding to Held, the team worked both effectively and efficiently.

“Dr Schiano was a machine, providing more treatment with his partner, RN and Dental Assistant Cree Bruins, than anyone of us could fathom,” Held said. “While Dr Schiano was reading the child’s records, Cree was preparing the child for treatment — they were a great chair-side team.”

“Robin and Ish took turns working outside, where they primarily concentrated on performing exams and atraumatic restorative treatment on deciduous teeth using hand instruments and glass ionomer filling material,” Held said. “They also took turns working inside, where they had a fully operational dental unit to complete procedures, including extractions, amalgams and composites on permanent teeth.”

“Ish worked like a real trooper through the day and Robin was always so gentle with the children,” Held said. “After an extraction one child turned to her and gave her a big hug. I was so proud of them.”


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