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Oral Hygiene Program Comes to Mexico!

- posted by Lindsey Johanson at Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Kids Learn to Brush... and Have Fun Doing It!

Oral hygiene isn’t generally a topic covered in Mexican classrooms but that all changed two weeks ago at an Ensenada elementary school, where DCFC gave oral health lessons to 76 kids on the blacktop of their playground.

While DCFC’s volunteer dentists and students were hard at work administering dental exams and treatments, children gathered outside to learn about the importance of oral hygiene. Each child was partnered with a volunteer to learn proper brushing techniques, with the help of some oversized plastic toothbrushes and set of teeth. The kids couldn’t get enough of the giant teeth, beaming with excitement as they each got their turn. Many of them even turned it into a game, giggling profusely as they tried to get every tooth clean.

But the fun didn’t end there. Each child was then given a fluoride treatment (to prevent future cavities) and their very own toothbrush and tube of toothpaste – luxury items many of the kids hadn't owned until then.

“It was so great to see so many kids having so much fun brushing their teeth!”  –Michelle Rogan, Volunteer

A very big thank you to USC dental student, Kereem Hussain, for heading up our hygiene education program and helping us bring this program to both Haiti and Mexico.

76 Kids Receive $48K Worth of Free Dental Care in Mexico!

Check out the results from our last dental clinic of the year! Over 30 volunteer dentists, USC students and assistants gave 76 children free dental treatments at an Ensenada, Mexico elementary school. This concludes DCFC's fifth Mexico clinic this year and we couldn't have ended the year on a better note!

Our greatest appreciation to the Irvine and Ensenada Rotary Clubs, volunteers and donors who made this clinic and program come to life! YOU make this possible!


Dental Care for Children Goes to Ensenada!

- posted by Lindsey Johanson at Tuesday, October 16, 2012

What a weekend!

We're still catching our breath from a whirlwind trip to Ensenada, Mexico this past week where the Dental Care for Children team set up camp for a free dental clinic.

  • Ensenada community center was transformed into a 13 chair dental clinic, fully staffed with 42 volunteers, dentists & dental students to help.

  • Free dental care was given to children, parents, siblings & the entire family!

  • 130 family members received free care! That means, over $110,000 worth of treatment, our best yet!

This clinic was truly magical. From a little boy beaming with excitement to get his decaying tooth pulled to a little girl so relaxed she fell asleep in the dental chair.. we saw it all. With so many volunteers willing to help, we were able to see each and every patient who walked into our clinic. Thank you to everyone who supported this clinic!

We'll be back in just two weeks to do follow up dental work for these families and to provide care for children of an Ensenada Elementary School with the Irvine Rotary Club. We can't wait!

PS. Want to help give dental care to more children in need throughout the year? Consider making a donation to Dental Care for Children!

 


Santa Ana Families are Smiling!

- posted by Lindsey Johanson at Friday, September 28, 2012

It's a busy (and rewarding) season for the Dental Care for Children Family! With the success of our Santa Ana dental clinic this past weekend and two more Mexico clinics on the horizon this October, you're helping us help more children than ever before!

On September 22nd, sixty-one volunteers, including local dentists, USC students and assistants, banded together to help low-income families in our very own backyard of Santa Ana, California.

Dental Care for Children partnered with the Western Service Workers Association to provide free dental care for families of those either laid off from their job or earning wages below poverty level. DCFC board member, Dr. David Levitt, lead the team in assembling a 13 chair mobile dental clinic a in nearby Santa Ana church.

It was a day of record-setting heat, rigorous dental work and a lot of gracious families. We're so thrilled to have treated 66 patients & donated almost $50,000 worth of dental treatment to these families who otherwise couldn't have afforded care. 

Thank you to all of the volunteers who made this miracle possible! 


$168,981 of Donated Dental Care & 255 New Smiles

- posted by Lindsey Johanson at Tuesday, September 11, 2012

We're back from our 12th (and most successful) trip to Haiti. Together, the Dental Care for Children family helped hundreds of kids and set a couple records along the way!

This past Labor Day weekend, Dental Care for Children traveled to rural Les Cayes, Haiti to set up a free dental clinic for the children of Project Hope Orphanage. Project Hope is home to over 600 homeless & vulnerable children. For many, our dentists are the 1st they've ever seen.

Over 3 days, we treated children with every dental problem imaginable - many of which had difficulty eating and sleeping because of it.

Each and every child treated received their very own toothbrush, tube of toothpaste and oral hygiene lesson, to empower the children to take care of their teeth in our absence. The amazing results - 255 children without oral pain, $168,000 of dental care donated and hope for a future without pain and infection for these kids. 

To all of the volunteers & supporters of the Dental Care for Children Family that made this clinic come to life - Merci!

*To date, over $1,000,000 of dental care donated to Haitian children!

*$168,981 worth of services donated at this clinic alone!

*More volunteers, dentists, and dental students than ever before! 


DCFC Celebrates 100 Clinics in Mexico!

- posted by Lindsey Johanson at Wednesday, March 21, 2012

This year sure is an exciting one for Dental Care for Children. Not only does 2012 mark our 20th anniversary but this March we also celebrated our 100th clinic in Mexico!

It seems like just yesterday we were heading accross the border for the first time with hand-made equiptment and a team of 3 dentists. How times have changed! On our 100th clinic to Mexico, we returned to our roots and held the clinic at Kids Kingdom orphanage in Ensenada where we first began. We had an astonishing 34 volunteers on this trip and we were able to help 97 kids and provide $87,000 worth of services.

As the clinic wrapped up, our hearts were warmed by the thanks and prayers the children gave. To our surprise, they had been working all day long to make each and every volunteer a bag of handmade tortillas to take home. This was all they had to say thank you and by the tears in all of our eyes, it was clear that it was more than enough.

We can't wait for our next trip back to Mexico at the end of March and look forward to celebrating our next 100 trips!


Get To Know Dr. Tozzer

Dr. Charles “Chuck” Tozzer began Dental Care for Children with a simple concept. Provide free dental services for children that didn't have access to care. From a single clinic at an orphanage in Maneadero, Mexico, the organization now provides eight clinics a year in Mexico, the United States and Haiti. 

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