Most of the patients we treated at the Clinica were children 4-6 years of age, the majority of whom who had never received any previous dental care
Glendale, Arizona (PRWEB) November 14, 2013
A team of dentistry professionals from the Southwest Oral Surgery in Glendale, Arizona, has recently returned from a visit to Peru in which they provided much needed dental services to the under-privileged.
Known for its oral, facial, wisdom tooth removal and dental implant surgery procedures (http://www.southwestimplants.com) the Southwest team became aware of the oral health issues being faced by the people of Cusco, Peru by ‘A Broader View’ (ABV), a non-denominational, non-profit organization.
Led by Dr. Robert Buch (http://www.southwestimplants.com/about-the-doctors/doctors/), and with the aid of Glendale dentist Dr. Edward Pardo, the pro-bono mission provided clinical care at the Hogar Clinica, San Juan De Dios, in Cusco.
On his return, Dr. Buch thanked the wider West Phoenix valley dental community for its support of the mission, the objective of which was to provide oral surgery and dentistry to some of the nation’s poorest people.
“Much of the dental and surgical supplies, toothbrushes and floss used in Cusco were donated by our colleagues in Arizona,” he explained. “Without this generosity and support, we would not have been able to deliver quality care and dental hygiene education to mothers and children who would otherwise go without.”
As well as attending the Hogar Clinica, the Southwest Oral Surgery team, along with Dr. Pardo, visited and offered dental care and education at local schools, a women’s shelter, and an orphanage.
“Most of the patients we treated at the Clinica were children 4-6 years of age, the majority of whom who had never received any previous dental care,” said Dr Buch. “So it is not surprising that they were in great need of immediate treatment, along with education to prevent future oral disease.”
The mission to Peru also benefited Dr Buch’s team, the dental professional revealed.
“Volunteering to help those less fortunate has its own rewards,” he said. “Our Southwest Oral Surgery team felt privileged to be able to provide dental care and oral hygiene education in an environment so very different to what we have here in Glendale Arizona.”
“Not only did the experience remind us of how fortunate we are in the health care services available to us in the United States, but it has inspired us to participate in other such pro bono work in the future.”
More information and photos relating to the Peru trip are available at http://www.southwestimplants.com/giving-back/.
About Southwest Oral Surgery
The Southwest Center for Oral, Facial and Dental Implant Surgery has provided specialist services since 1991. Its Glendale, Arizona, facility opened in 2005 - the culmination of its team’s vision to create a Center dedicated to state-of-the-art oral and maxillofacial surgery. Its mission is to help all patients achieve optimum oral health through prevention, education and treatment. More information about the surgery is available at http://www.southwestimplants.com/.
About Dr. Buch
Dr. Buch received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS), in 1992, from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry, in Richmond, Virginia, and completed a four year Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical residency, in 1999, at the University of Cincinnati Hospitals, Ohio. He completed his Medical Degree (MD) and medical anesthesioology residency at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2001 and 2002. He relocated to Arizona in 2010.
A Diplomat of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Buch is also a Fellow of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (board certified in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery). He is also a Diplomat of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology, and a Fellow of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (board certified in Dental Anesthesiology).
About A Broader View (ABV)
A Broader View (abroaderview.org) is a non-profit, non-denominational organization, based in the USA. Its mission is to provide developing countries around the world with significant volunteer programs that both aid the neediest communities and forge a lasting bond between those volunteering and those they have helped.