San Antonio Cosmetic Dentist Announces Smile Train Donations for February’s National Children’s Dental Health Month

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While few in the United States have ever seen the unrepaired and disfiguring results of cleft lips and palates, in underdeveloped countries the deformity dooms children to a life sentence of being an outcast, without hope of education or employment. In recognition of February’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, San Antonio cosmetic dentist Dr. Edward Camacho, DDS, announces that he will donate a portion of patient fees for various procedures to the acclaimed Smile Train charity, which provides free surgery to repair clefts in poor children around the world.

San Antonio cosmetic dentist Dr. Eddie Camacho, DDS, prepares for an extraction at the Smiles of Hope clinic on Oct. 22, 2011

San Antonio cosmetic dentist Dr. Eddie Camacho, DDS, prepares for an extraction at the Smiles of Hope clinic on Oct. 22, 2011

Our patients who come in to get their own brighter smiles during the month of February will also be helping poor children get this life-changing repair surgery.

While few in the United States have ever seen the unrepaired and disfiguring results of cleft lips and palates, in underdeveloped countries the deformity dooms children to a life sentence of being an outcast, without hope of education or employment. In recognition of February’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, San Antonio cosmetic dentist Dr. Edward Camacho, DDS, announces that he will donate a portion of patient fees for various procedures to the acclaimed Smile Train charity, which provides free surgery to repair clefts in poor children around the world.

About one in every 700 children is born with a cleft lip and/or palate.    Most children with clefts cannot eat or speak properly. And in developing countries, as with other people with deformities, they are likely to be shunned – barred from attending school or getting a job, and subject to abuse.

Americans aren’t accustomed to seeing the disfiguring results of clefts, because they are quickly and easily repaired. But in developing nations, the surgery is prohibitively expensive for the poor, and not enough doctors have the training to perform the operations.

Fortunately doctors can correct clefts with surgery that takes about 45 minutes and costs as little as $250. The Smile Train organization provides doctors, surgical training and a mission of bringing smiles to poor children with clefts, free of charge.

Dr. Camacho announced February’s donations for the Smile Train as an extension of Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio’s own mission:

“My practice is dedicated to creating beautiful smiles for our patients,” Dr. Camacho said. “We support Smile Train for more than a decade of bringing smiles to the faces of poor children who might otherwise suffer their whole lives.”

“Our patients who come in to get their own brighter smiles during the month of February will also be helping poor children get this life-changing repair surgery,” Dr. Camacho said.

During February, Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio will donate:

  •     $50 for every in-office whitening
  •     $25 for every take-home whitening with custom trays
  •     $1 for every patient who comes into the office, regardless of the type of appointment.

“Smile Train has already given new smiles and hope to over 715,000 children,” Dr. Camacho said. “We are excited about the opportunity to partner with our patients in supporting this worthwhile cause.”

ABOUT COSMETIC DENTISTRY OF SAN ANTONIO

Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio is a full-service cosmetic dental practice, specializing in Invisalign clear braces, top-quality dental veneers, dental crowns, dental bridges, teeth whitening and traditional orthodontics, as well as a full line of restorative procedures and preventative care.

16535 Huebner (at Bitters) Suite 102
Valencia Village Shopping Center
San Antonio, Texas 78248
(210) 493-9944

ABOUT SMILE TRAIN

Founded in 1999, Smile Train is the world’s largest cleft charity with over 2,200 partner surgeons operating in over 1,100 partner hospitals, and has helped children in over 80 countries – many of the world’s poorest. Smile Train provides free cleft lip and palate surgery to children from poor families that give a child not just a new smile, but also a chance at a new life. For additional information, please visit http://www.smiletrain.org. The New York Times noted Smile Train as “one of the most productive charities – dollar for deed – in the world.”

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