Category: Periowave Mexico

Head of McGill’s Periodontal Department Recipient of Humanitarian Award from Mexican Periodontal Association (AMP)

Dr. Veronique Benhamou, Head of the Periodontal Department of McGill University’s Dental School, was honoured last week at the 23rd International Periodontal Congress of the Association of Mexican Periodontists (AMP) held in beautiful Morelia, Mexico. AMP President Dr. Miguel de la Isla and Plenary Chair, Dr. Raoul Caffesse, of Argentina, presented Dr. Benhamou with the AMP Humanitarian Award for her work earlier this year in Espita Mexico.

Leading a small team of students, teachers and alumni of McGill University, Dr. Benhamou was responsible for providing dental care to over 700 Mayan patients in the Yucatan, an area of Mexico with limited opportunities for dental care. This mission to Espita, Mexico is one of over a dozen such missions led by Dr. Veronique Benhamou to underprivileged regions and Developing Nations. Dr. Benhamou and her team plan to return to Espita in January 2014 for another mission of dental care. Periowave Dental Technologies wishes to congratulate Dr. Benhamou for her well-deserved recognition at the AMP.

A Look Back at McGill’s ‘Kindness in Action’ Dental Mission

A blog by Patricia Martinez

Espita, Yucatán

It is the afternoon of January 28th. An amazing chapter in my life has concluded.

I think that from our arrival in Espita, all of those who integrated the team, were about to realize that we were going to be part of an adventure, but we weren´t aware of what this adventure would mean.

As I look back on my days in Espita, I realize that I had the opportunity to share experiences with people who gave themselves in a personal and professional way to their Mexican brothers.

By trying to support the cause, and without being a dentist, I decided to live the experience God, Espita and this amazing group of professionals gave me, at my fullest by sharing the opportunity to give myself in a region that I had never visited in my own country.

I am not very sure of the exact moment where I found out I was going to be part of the mission, but from the very beginning, I had a need to collaborate in such a noble project; I didn´t even know Dr. Veronique Benhamou, Dr. Gerard Melki or Dr. Bob Clark, but now that I know them, I know that I am very fortunate to have been able to live such a gratifying experience by their sides.

We had some time to visit some of the surroundings, to have fun, to eat delicious Mexican meals, and even to see typical regional dances performed by local kids in honor of our presence. This is where I can reflect on my arrival in Espita. “I’ve been witness of an endless exchange of smiles (that from now on will be a lot healthier), between the people in Espita, and the group of foreigners that are now more Mexican than Mole”. These two groups have been put together with the purpose, to learn from each other.

Thanks to all the people in Espita (Mr. and Mrs. Monforte, Mr. and Mrs. Erosa and Conchi) and the McGill University team (Daniel, Gabrielle, Leslie, Jessica, Hannah, Mike, Sina, Rachel, Laura, Gursandeep, Gerard, Veronique and Bob) that made this beautiful experience possible.

Now I am home, and I see my kids and with them, the opportunity to keep on giving myself for causes that don’t have to be personal, since I find, that in non-personal causes, I can find the inspiration that I didn’t have before my trip to Espita.

It was the afternoon of January 26th of this 2013. On the moment I got on the airplane to Cancún, I never imagined that this particular trip would last me a lifetime.

Read More About the Periowave Outreach Program in Mexico  HERE

Mexican Association of Periodontology (AMP) Supports Lifechanging Dental Outreach Programs in Mexico

Thanks to the tremendous involvement of local officials and citizens, such as Espita Mayor Cap. Erosa and Sr Raul Monforte, the McGill’s ‘Kindness in Action’ dental mission led by Dr Veronique Benhamou was a great success. The mission was created to provide free dental services to the local people of Espita, Yucatan, many of whom had never before had access to a dentist.  Over 700 patients were treated over the 10 days in Espita, representing an excellent outcome from this collaboration.

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A Canadian Dental Team In Mexico: “Mission Possible”

Although we have been supporters of Dr Benhamou’s “Kindness in Action” efforts in Latin America, this was my first opportunity to join the team on location. The experience exceeded all of my expectations and I was so sad not to be able to stay until the very end. For anyone who ever thought about going on a medical or dental missions, my advice is to do it sooner rather than later. It is such an amazing way to see a new country and its people as you see it’s authentic and intimate sides unavailable to the regular tourist. While the Mayan ruins are impressive, the local people are genuine and very hospitable.

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Kindness In Action Indeed: Dental Mission To Mexico A Roaring Success

It was with great pride that I watched my fellow Canadians working so hard to help the native Mayans of the Yucatan village of Espita, Mexico receive the dental care they so badly needed. Under the “Kindness in Action” banner, this team from Montreal consisted of dentists and dental students, and was lead by Dr Veronique Benhamou, Head of the Periodontology Department of McGill University. Dr Benhamou not only led the mission, but also coordinated the many Canadian sponsors, both individuals and corporate, to ensure that the equipment and supplies needed for such a challenging mission were available.

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Periowave Proudly Supports Dr. Veronique Benhamou’s Kindness In Action Dental Mission To Mexico

Dental problems can plague everyone in the world, especially those in low-income countries with little access to dental care. In fact, up to 90% of cavities in children living in third world countries go untreated. Despite the good intentions of local governments to address this problem, ~75% of them do not have the funds to support essential dental services, and many patients go untreated. Fortunately, Dr. Veronique Benhamou of McGill University is leading a team of 14 dental professionals to address this problem.

Embarking on January 24th, Dr. Benhamou and her team of dentists, hygienists, and assistants will be headed on a 2 week “Kindness in Action” mission to Yucatan, Mexico. The goal of this mission is to provide world-class dental care to 600-700 patients in Espita, Holca, and surrounding villages; many of whom have never received dental treatment before. Here’s a video of Dr. Benhamou from her Kindness In Action trip to Peru a few years ago.

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Estudio De Caso #1 Con Periowave™ – Ssangrado Generalzido Gave Aa Realizar El Sondeo

Mi paciente era una mujer caucásica de 30 años que había padecido encías sangrantes durante los 12 meses previos. Describía que sufría un sangrado grave con el cepillado y mientras comía.

Su historia médica no mostraba resultados significativos. Recientemente, se había sometido a estudios médicos completos con extensos estudios de laboratorio y no se habían encontrado resultados significativos. La paciente había acudido a un tratamiento neuropático y se había sometido a una dieta sin levaduras para detener el sangrado gingival, sin mejoría. No estaba tomando ningún medicamento.

Durante la examinación dental, se encontró sangrado genralizado grave al realizar el sondeo. Las bolsas periodontales se encontraban dentro de un rango de 4 mm de profundidad, excepto por una bolsa distofacial #13 que medía 7 mm, y otra mesiofacial #23, que medía 5 mm de profundidad. Se encontraron pocos depósitos con placa dental y su cuidado en casa era bueno. Esta paciente tenía un historial de raspados regulares cada 6 meses, y había una cantidad mínima de cálculo acumulado. Su último raspado había sido hacía un mes y no se había reportado mejoría. La inflamación era casi nula. El posicionamiento de los dientes, las oclusiones y los patrones de movilidad eran normales y no se detectaron problemas restaurativos.

Izquierda: previo al tratamiento 7 mm de profundidad.Derecho: posterior al tratamiento 3 mm de profundidad.

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