This February 29-March 3, 3 professors, 2 dentists, 1 oral surgeon, and 14 students from the Dental Hygiene Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato provided dental services at Holy Cross’s dental clinic and at New Horizons school.
This was the school’s 5th trip to Belize. Ms. Brigette Cooper, who leads the team says “it is extremely rewarding to provide dental care each year and see the difference we are making in people’s dental health. Patients that we treat are extremely appreciative for the care they receive and we feel like we are making a difference in their lives.”
The dental hygiene students, under supervision of experienced dentists, treated 33 students at Holy Cross and about 400 students at new horizons school.
Dr. Gary Eichmeyer, who has participated in many dental outreach programs including 4 trips to Holy Cross, was particularly aware of the positive impact the dental program has on the students at Holy Cross. “At Holy Cross, most of the students’ teeth are in good condition compared to the condition of the students at the other school that has not had the same program. This dental clinic is making a difference.”