The best part of working with the Children's International Dental Project is the chance to combine a good deed with a good time. Each trip offers an opportunity to visit a foreign country, meet and take care of people in need of dental care, see the area and country – not as just a tourist – to expand your experiences and perhaps language skills. But, best of all, we have a great time and come away with many memorable, often life-altering, experiences.
Planning these special trips can be complex, but there are many ways that you can take part, either as an active, hands-on participant, or as a donor and supporter. Non-dental professionals come along to help in teaching children, and adults, how to brush and take care of their teeth, plus help in the cleaning and sterilization of instruments, assisting a dentist or managing the paperwork.
We concentrate on basic dentistry, i.e. preventive care, examinations, fillings (amalgam and composites) and extractions when necessary. We will do cleanings is we have a hygienist on our team. We have portable dental units, chairs and all the necessary supplies. Our focus is on children ages 6 - 18. If we run out of children to treat, we will provide dental care to their teachers and the local helpers
When I started this I didn’t realize how challenging and complicated the logistics could be. Over the years, we have developed wonderful relationships and the great support necessary to make these missions, and your experience, exceptional.
Your financial support is invaluable to our continued work and your tax-deductible donations can be accepted by mail, made payable to: The Pikes Peak Community Foundation, Attn: The Children’s International Dental Project, 730 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. The full amount of your donation goes to the purchase of dental supplies and dental equipment.
Our trips are limited to 16 volunteers, of which 4-6 are dentists. If you would like to volunteer, contact Dr. Orban. As an active participant, your trip donation includes airfare, transportation and accommodations. We will make all the necessary arrangements.
PROJECT SUMMARY... Since 1987, CIDP has provided much-needed free dental care across the globe, in the estimated amounts shown below.
Number of Patients: ~ 9,725
Fillings: over 8,000
Extractions: over 3,700
Value of Services: In excess of $1,739,010 (based on a recent ADA fee survey, in $USD).
Continents: Asia, South Pacific, South America, Africa, Caribbean
St.Vincent & The Grenadines
Myanmar (Burma) in Nov. 2016 (filled)
Sri Lanka in Mar/April 2017