If we take a moment to stop and reflect on our lives, we may be amazed and humbled at the many things that we take for granted every day. Shelter, food and clean water are all things that are regular parts of our lives. Another thing that we enjoy in this country is medical and dental care.
Our office manager Shari and her husband received a call to as the mission president in Guatemala. While there, she came to know the people of this beautiful country, and to see firsthand the need that exists for dental care. In the United States, and in the great state of Utah, there is no shortage of dentists, and people of all income levels can have access to dental care. But in Guatemala, there is only one dentist for every 12,000 people. Compare that to Utah County, where there is a dentist for every 800 people! Consider this: in United States, the cost to have a tooth extracted runs between $150 to $200. A person in Guatemala that needs an extraction must save two month’s wages.
Recognizing that an incredible need existed in the country, Dr. Lohner and Dr. Jimmer of Lexington Heights Dental decided to partner with the Hirsche Smiles Foundation to bring quality dental care to the people of Guatemala. Traveling to the villages and orphanages, our dentists work to meet the dental needs of people who have never had professional dental care before. During an average trip, a team will extract around 1,000 to 1,200 teeth and perform between 300 and 400 tooth restorations. They also provide toothbrushes and toothpaste to the people they serve, and educate them about dental hygiene.
When you donate money to our Grins for Guatemala fund, everything that you give will be used to pay for travel and housing expenses and to fund the equipment and supplies our dentists need to serve the people of Guatemala. On behalf of the staff at Lexington Heights Dental in Cedar Hills, Utah, and the people of Guatemala who need professional dental care, thank you for your donation. To learn more about this effort, please contact our office at 801-756-2006. Again, thank you.