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Detroit Mercy Dental Students Seeking Financial Help For Trip To Guatemala

Many arrive at their clinic location with excruciating tooth pain

July 22, 2018 - 6:15 am

DETROIT (WWJ) -- A group of local dental students is asking for the public to help them get to Guatemala to help impoverished people get dental care.

20 dental students from Detroit Mercy’s chapter of the American Student Dental Association are making the trip to Guatemala at the end of July to help patients with important dental care needs.  

They are planning to provide dental care for a combination of pediatric and adult patients in the underserved community of Chichicastenango, which is located in the Guatemalan highlands and is plagued by hardship and severe poverty.

The Detroit Mercy ASDA group anticipates caring for 300 pediatric and adult patients. Many arrive at their clinic location with excruciating tooth pain that hinders their ability to eat and sleep. The group will provide pain relief, cleanings, fluoride treatments and extractions, according to a release from the university.

In addition, they will also visit local schools to educate students on the importance of oral hygiene. Everyone they meet will receive toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss.

The students must pay for the trip entirely on their own -- including flights, lodging and supplies.

So far the group has raised more than $1,000 and they’re asking for donations of any amount to help try and reach their goal of $2,000.

For those interested in supporting the students traveling to Guatemala, donations can be made on the school's website