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This year was filled with some talented dentists, hygienists, assistants, and office staff donating their time and talents to better others who, for whatever reason, were unable to get the help they needed. To end the year with a smile, here are 3 stories we think showcase just how great the professionals in our industry are.

1. Dental Students Commit Themselves to Underserved Areas

Earlier this year, two talented dental students, Thomas Nguyen and Eumi Choi, received National Health Service Corps (NHSC) scholarships for their dedication and commitment to volunteering. After both growing up and seeing the hardships of underserved areas, they decided to pursue dentistry as a way to better the world. These two budding professionals will undoubtedly serve as a beacon of hope in our industry for many years to come. You can learn more about these students here.

2. Volunteers Provide Care to Over 800 Patients in Guatemala

In November, Dr. Amulya Jayant, a dentist from Leominster, Massachusetts, and a team of 14 other professionals traveled to Guatemala to provide treatment and education to patients. For 10 days, the volunteers provided cleanings, extractions, and fillings—helping nearly 882 patients in the process. What an honor it is to have these professionals in our industry! You can read the full article here.

3. Good Neighbor Agency in Ohio Helps Promote Good Hygiene

Good Neighbors, a volunteer-based agency in Ohio, has been providing food to those in need for over 60 years. However, volunteers recently noticed that toothbrushes and toothpaste weren’t covered in their community’s governmental assistance programs. So, to combat the growing dental hygiene issues in their community, the agency started passing them out. Their efforts got the attention of the Millennium Fund for the Children’s Dental Health Project, and earlier this year the Good Neighbors were awarded an additional $2000 for toothbrushes and oral care products. Kudos to these dedicated volunteers for sharing the importance of good hygiene! You can read the article here.

Are you inspired to help? If you’d like to get involved in your community, you can find free dental clinics in your area by visiting freedental.org or learn more about dental mission trips at Volunteer Forever.

Have you provided any volunteer dental work recently? Let us know over on our Facebook and Twitter—we’d love to recognize you!

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