Dental Brigade volunteers have the opportunity to shadow licensed dentists in urgent and preventive dental services in communities with limited access to healthcare. Dental Brigades also focuses on prevention with dental hygiene workshops. Between brigades, the in-country team maintains relationships with the communities to provide follow-up to ensure any dental procedures were successful and to conduct community health worker trainings to empower local leaders to perpetuate a consistent level of dental care. In conjunction with the Medical Brigades program, over 80 groups of passionate volunteers systematically travel to Central America to establish mobile dental clinics in over 80 of our community partners. Each of our community partners receives a brigade every 3 to 4 months where hundreds of patients are treated with fillings, cleanings and extractions, and are given dental hygiene workshops.
Every June our club members travel to Central America for a week to set up a mobile dental brigade to provide dental care at no cost. We will be collaborating and working side by side with our sister organization, Global Medical Brigade. Our brigade consists of student volunteers, dentists, and other dental professionals. Throughout the year we will gather oral hygiene supplements, dental instruments, and supplies through fundraising and donations for our brigade. Our brigade to Honduras will be from Sunday, June 17th to Sunday, June 24th of 2012. This trip will be an amazing volunteer and hands-on experience for students who are interested in the dental field. GENERAL MEETINGS ARE HELD ON WEDNESDAYS OF EVEN WEEKS (2, 4, 6, 8); meeting location is TBA.
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