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Jul 7, 2011

Update on our Children's Dental Services

Dental staff and teaching puppet
Dental staff and teaching puppet

Despite a slow start initiating the funding of this project, our staff continues to accomplish so much with their resources! Frequently we hear positive success stories from providers about their experiences with the children they serve. An example of the impact we are making on the youth of our community is displayed in this patient story,

 “A 17 year old boy named David was a patient at one of Virginia Garcia’s dental clinics and was in great need of our help. His teeth were sticking straight out to the point where he could not even close his mouth. At any age, but as a teen especially it was a difficult dental condition to live with. With the help from our providers and an orthodontist, David has been able to go through with the process of getting braces and his teeth are looking great!”

Young people like David should not have to suffer due to lack of resources to maintain their oral health. At Virginia Garcia we pride ourselves on never turning any child away regardless of their ability to pay. Often we are their last hope when they have nowhere else to turn. The latest data available confirms that low income children are more than twice as likely to have untreated decay, almost three times as likely to have rampant decay, and they have annual dentist visits 30 percent less of the time.

We are making progress, however our work is not done until we reach our goal of providing critical dental services to all children in need in our community. We expect to have 6,000 children walk through our doors this year and need the resources to accommodate each of them. With your help this can happen! Thank you for contributing to our mission, we are truly grateful for your support!

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Mar 31, 2011

Critical Dental Services for Oregon's Youth

Dr. Bozzetti and patient
Dr. Bozzetti and patient

Since our projected began, we have received lots of positive feedback! Our greatest feedback however, comes from our patients, like Luis as told by Dr. Lisa Bozzetti, DDS:

“In 2008, I began treatment with a five-year old boy named Luis, who had extensive dental problems. He was frightened when he arrived at the clinic and was subsequently very uncooperative during his exam. His mother begged us to try treatment on him as he’d just had some work done at a pediatric dental clinic, but the family was unable to afford further treatment there. I was hesitant at first and started by recommending that he see a specialist in pediatric dentistry.

But with his mother’s insistence and knowing that the family had no insurance and little resources, I agreed to help if I could. We struggled for the first few appointments, but after coming in a few times, he relaxed and became more cooperative. After six months and multiple visits, I am pleased to report that we were able to successfully complete his extensive treatment.  His mom was thrilled because she could actually afford to bring him in to see us here at Virginia Garcia and Luis was now pain-free and on his way to improved oral health. 

Three years later, I still see Luis for his regular check-ups, and he no longer suffers from acute dental problems. His mother understands the importance of routine care and she can afford to bring him to us. It is rewarding to see Luis arrive, always with a big smile on his face. He has lost all six stainless steel crowns as his beautiful white permanent teeth come in. 

At Virginia Garcia, we understand the value in providing treatment to kids who may not have anywhere else to turn. Our dental providers routinely work with children and help them to overcome their fears and achieve—many for the first time—a pain free and healthier mouth. With our emphasis on educating the whole family on how to care for their teeth, we can make a real and lasting difference in the lives of our young patients.”

We still have a long way to go to ensure that kids, like Luis, are able to have bright, healthy smiles. Everyday, we are welcoming new children into our dental clinics. The latest data available confirms that low income children are more than twice as likely to have untreated decay, almost three times as likely to have rampant decay, and they have annual dentist visits 30 percent less of the time.

Our work is not done to reach our goal of providing critical dental services to children in our community. With 6,000 children expected to come through our doors this year, now is the time to act!

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Jan 11, 2011

Health and Resource Fair

Our Fair was a great success! We were able to reach out to many community members and provide services and education for free, thanks to the generosity of our donors. Here is a glance at what we were able to accomplish:

Over 500 individuals and families attended the event. There were over 40 organizations present to provide information on a number of topics including the following:

  • Nutrition
  • Cooking
  • Social services
  • Safety
  • Oral health and hygiene
  • Diet and exercise
  • Accessing health care coverage and more

A number of screenings were also provided free of charge including:

  • Health screenings
  • Blood sugar/glucose tests
  • Blood pressure
  • Dental screenings
  • Vision screenings and more

Now, we are nearly 6 months past this event and have completed our funding efforts. We are incredibly proud of what we were able to do this year and are looking ahead to our future events.

Currently, we are focusing on providing a very specific, but often ignored issue: Children's Dental. Please find our new project which has just been posted that is aimed at combating oral health issues and wellness for our children.

Did you know that tooth decay is the most common childhood disease in the United States and affecting five times more kids than asthma? Visit our project (#7005) to learn more!

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