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Fundación Dr. Garg Starts 2016 off Right
Dr. Linda Bridges Joins Charity Mission, Places 20 Dental Implants
March 10-12, 2016, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – Fundación Dr. Garg, the world’s leading dental implant training facility and free-of-charge clinic, embarked on a missionary trip to the Dominican Republic. The trip continues the organization’s rich history of providing much-needed dental services to patients who can ill afford specialized treatment. The latest outing included a group of over 20 dentists who treated some 200 patients with a variety of maxillofacial needs. Dr. Linda Bridges, personally placed 20 implant in three days of surgery.
The clinic, founded by Dr. Arun K. Garg, a 25-plus-year dental educator and national lecturer, was launched with two goals in mind: provide private-sector support to the Dominican Republic’s healthcare system, and educate the next generation of dentists on the intricacies of dental implants and related subspecialties. By working with actual patients in clinical settings, doctors acquire on-the-job training impossible to replicate in classrooms alone.
“Speaking strictly from a volume perspective, there really is no other program like this in the world today,” said Dr. Garg in remarks concluding the third day of surgery. “This weekend alone, our doctors placed nearly 400 implants and treated around 200 patients. The days are long, but exhilarating, fostering an atmosphere of collaboration and team spirit that helps all students meet the challenges at hand. I could not ask for a better group of talented individuals. I commend Dr. Bridges for her dedication and effort on this recent trip.”
Fundación Dr. Garg, (whose parent company is the International Dental Implant Association, a networking organization for doctors who have taken Dr. Garg’s continuing education courses), sends up to three missionary trips to the DR per month. Each trip includes approximately 30 doctors who work in pairs treating up to 30 patients. In addition to placing nearly 500 implants, doctors also completed 41 sinus lifts, 5 crestal sinus lifts and 13 ridge splits. All of these procedures are dental implant requirements when patients lack sufficient bone and the need to support the implant is great. Sufficient bone is the difference between a successful outcome and a failed prosthesis.
Since opening to the general public in October 2014, the three-floor, 5,000 square foot facility can treat up to 300 patients a day in 26 donated dental chairs. The Dominican government reviews each patient’s profiles and their needs are assessed. Patients found unable to afford care are treated for free. Some of those patients leave the clinic with multiple dental implants, while others have rotten teeth removed and their third molars (wisdom teeth) extracted if they are a source of discomfort, or are negatively impacting bite formation.
In addition to supplying medical equipment and performing much-needed dental procedures including socket preservations, implants and sinus lifts, the IDIA-sponsored team helps local doctors gain new skills. That way, enhanced post-operative oral care reduces the likelihood of medical complications in the weeks between IDIA trips. The instruction also exposes Dominican Republic doctors to American-standard levels of care that they can implement in their own communities, extending Fundación Dr. Garg’s reach.
Thanks to these efforts patients are on the road to permanent tooth replacement, resulting in improved nutrition and superior self-esteem. In a country where tourism dominates economic growth – $16 billion in tourism dollars have been added to the nation’s economy in the last three years – the hospitality industry offers an important gateway out of poverty. These positions require individuals with friendly dispositions whose happy, healthy smiles instill a sense of warmth and welcome to international visitors.
“On behalf of my entire organization, from the directors of the clinic, to our world-class dentists like Dr. Bridges and to our appreciative patients, none of this success would be possible without all of you,” Dr. Garg added. “You are what makes Fundación Dr. Garg possible and you are the people who are making a difference, revolutionizing developing nation care. Two thousand and sixteen is off to a great start!”
For more information about Fundación Dr. Garg or the International Dental Implant Association please contact Maria Lozada at 305.944.9636 or by emailing her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article Date: 24 Jul 2013 – 2:00 PDT
You may be saving calories by drinking diet soda, but when it comes to enamel erosion of your teeth, it’s no better than regular soda.
In the last 25 years, Kim McFarland, D.D.S., associate professor in the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in Lincoln, has seen an increase in the number of dental patients with erosion of the tooth enamel – the protective layer of the tooth. Once erosion occurs, it can’t be reversed and affects people their whole life.
“I’d see erosion once in a while 25 years ago but I see much more prevalence nowadays,” Dr. McFarland said. “A lot of young people drink massive quantities of soda. It’s no surprise we’re seeing more sensitivity.”
Triggers like hot and cold drinks – and even cold air – reach the tooth’s nerve and cause pain. Depending on the frequency and amount of soda consumed, the erosion process can be extreme.
She said according to the National Soft Drink Association, it’s estimated the average American drinks 44 gallons of soda pop a year. Phosphoric and citric acid, which are common ingredients in many popular sodas and diet sodas, alters the pH balance in the mouth and can cause tooth erosion over time.
“It can be more harmful than cavities because the damage causes tooth sensitivity,” Dr. McFarland said. “If a tooth is decayed a dentist can fix it by placing a filling, but if a tooth is sensitive there is really nothing a dentist can do.
“Tooth sensitivity can become a lifetime problem, limiting things we like to drink and even food choices. You could crown all your teeth but that is costly and a rather extreme solution,” Dr. McFarland said.
“It hurts to consume cold and hot foods and beverages. Some of my patients tell me when they go outside in the winter they don’t open their mouth or the cold air causes pain.”
In addition, a significant number of scientific studies show a relationship between the consumption of soda and enamel erosion and cavities.
Dr. McFarland said it’s best not to drink soda at all, but she offers tips for those who continue to drink it.
- Limit consumption of soda to meal time
- Don’t drink soda throughout the day
- Brush your teeth afterwards — toothpaste re-mineralizes or strengthens areas where acid weakened the teeth
- If tooth brushing is not possible, at least rinse out your mouth with water
- Chew sugar free gum or better yet, gum containing Xylitol.
It’s a brand new year, and we’re looking forward to what 2012 has in store! So with the launch of our new website, we wanted to do something really special for everyone – for new patients, when you book your first visit using our appointment request form on this website, you’ll get a FREE bleach treatment for your beautiful smile!
Our amazingly talented in-house Dental Hygienist Chystal Borghi applies a gel bleach to the surface of your teeth which is left to do it’s trick for a few minutes. The high-concentrated gel has a pleasant taste and the experience is comfortable and relaxing.
So, won’t you come see us soon? Hurry and book that appointment – this offer ends January 31st, 2012!
Wishing you a very happy and healthy Holidays to you and yours,
Looking for a little history on Southeastern Dental? You’ve got it!
Dr. Linda Bridges opened Southeastern Dental in 2001, and since the very first day, it was important to her to offer a calm and comfortable environment for patients while at the same time offering the most technologically advanced treatments, procedures, and products available on the market. She wanted to create an office with family-centered values, with a warm and friendly atmosphere that her patients, many of whom have become close friends, can relate to.
Dr. Bridges is very active in prominent local and regional research groups and professional dentistry associations, and wanted to bring that fierce passion for technology and research to her practice. Dr. Bridges and her team pride themselves in only using the very same products they would use on themselves and their families, without compromise.
The health industry is in a constant state of rapid advancement as new technologies and procedures are developed and perfected with every passing year, and by being at the forefront of these emerging services, we believe the benefits for our patients are tremendous. At Southeastern Dental, the best practice is always innovative.