2014 Dental Mission to Yucatan Mexico – 755 Patient Treatments

Led by the spirited Dr. Veronique Benhamou, Head of Periodontology of McGill University, the Canadian dental team completed another successful dental mission in the Yucatan. This 2014 trip was the team’s second time in Mexico providing Mayans living in remote parts of the Yucatan, with access to world class dentistry. More than 750 patients were treated during this ten day “Kindness in Action” mission. The team of 22 consisted of McGill dental students, volunteering dentists largely from the Montreal area, and volunteers from companies in the dental industry including 3 from Periowave Dental Technologies Inc.

This mission was facilitated by support from Mexicans from the Yucatan, Guadalajara and Mexico City. Captain Carlos Erosa, mayor of Espita and local businessmen including Professor Montforte, Alfonso Salazar and Gabriel Domenzain provided help with logistics, equipment as well as the provision of local facilities. The joint effort produced a great experience for all involved and most importantly, resulted in a very large number of under-privileged people in the remote area of Espita Yucatan obtaining the dental care that they urgently needed. Dr. Miguel de la Isla, Guadalajara-based President of the Mexican Periodontology Association (AMP) participated in this year’s dental mission, volunteering his time and dental supplies to assist alongside the Canadian team.

It was a real privilege to participate in this dental mission as a volunteer and as a sponsor. I was extremely proud of the professionalism as well as the technical talents of our dedicated Canadian team. Under the right leadership, extraordinary things are possible. It truly was “kindness in action” with a palpable impact on the community, reaching far beyond those that were treated.

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