Ocho Rios, Jamaica Dental Mission Trip – September 14-23, 2012



Dr. Eric Yabu and Dr. Geraldine Lim are 2 of 6 volunteer supervising dentists for the University of San Francisco School of Dentistry’s dental student team participating in Great Shape Inc.’s 1000 Smiles dental humanitarian project in Jamaica.

This was the University of California, School of Dentistry’s first humanitarian mission to Jamaica.  The Xi Psi Phi dental fraternity organized 23 of the school’s 3rd and 4th year dental students and 6 volunteer supervising dentists to participate in Great Shape Inc.’s 1000 Smiles project, the largest dental humanitarian project in the world.

We served 3 communities in Ocho Rios by providing free tooth extractions, dental fillings and cleanings to the area’s indigent and underserved.  We also visited nearby schools to provide oral health education to the children of the communities.  In all, we treated over 800 patients and were honored by their very obvious appreciation that they showed us.  We all felt like we were able to help them become healthier and improve the lives of the people that we literally touched.

For more details and photos about our trip, please visit my dental practice’s Facebook page.

We would like to thank the Henry Schein Cares Foundation for their generous donations of dental supplies and oral hygiene kits, and the Sandals Foundation for their generous support of lodging, meals, and meeting rooms for our dental team. And thanks to Jenny Neglerio and Du Nguyen, Xi Psi Phi dental fraternity members, for their hard work in organizing this project.