The Sound Dental Care team is so thankful for the recent opportunity to participate in the "Smiles for Cochabamba" clinical study. This longitudinal study is researching the benefits of using silver diamine fluoride in the medical management of dental disease. Our team of hygienists was part of a larger integrated team that treated over 200 children.
The team was composed of dentists, dental students, dental hygienists, medical doctors and public health officials from around the world. We would like to express our appreciation to La Universidad del Valle (Univalle), Sigma Pharmaceutical, UC Berkeley, CaviGuard and Banco de Alimentos de Bolivia. We are especially thankful for the extraordinary efforts of Dr. Steve Duffin, Dr. Chris Kammer, Dr. Felipe Prandidni Teixeira, Dr. Karen Sokal-Gutierrez, Dr. Guillermo and Dr. Gabby.
Our team played an important role in making an impact on the future of the medical management of dental disease. We also enjoyed a little down time in Bolivia that we will forever treasure. :)
Some of our favorite memories...
- Riding the bus to our daily clinic and viewing another way of life.
- Taking the gondola to see Bolivia's largest Christo statue during our lunch break.
- Sharing many delicious meals with our new Bolivian friends.
- Shopping at the longest street market in South America.
- Expressing appreciation for one another through our daily gratitude cards.
- Enjoying a beautifully hosted meal at the home of an amazing couple from Sigma Corp.
- Managing to always have fun and create a little mischief along the way.
- Laughing so much that our bellies hurt.
- Shedding a few tears as we said goodbye to the Bolivian children and our new colleagues and friends.
Thank you to all the people who helped coordinate this amazing experience!