Tag: Oral Health

University of Michigan Flint Study Abroad Mission Trip

Dental missions provide critical care to people who otherwise would be left without access to adequate dental treatment, sometimes for their entire lives.  The knowledge and growth that comes with providing care for those in need reinforces the importance of dental missions for clinicians. And they are not just for licensed practitioners. Dental assistants and students, retirees or even those interested in dentistry with no formal training can benefit and grow from participating in a dental service trip.


K. Holda DRRecently our office had the privilege to donate supplies to a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic.  Our friend, Kelly H., was part of a medical mission group from the University of Michigan Flint Study Abroad Program.  The mission group set up clinic services in sugar cane villages near San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic.  The living conditions in these villages are substandard, with most being miles from civilization.  The residents have no transportation other than donkeys or horses.  There is limited access to clean water, with one community bathroom for the whole village.  The mission group, which saw roughly 150 patientsK. Holda DR Oral Hygiene Teaching per day, treated a wide variety of conditions and provided the villagers with health education and hygiene packs.  The packs consisted of toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash, soap, wash cloths, Band-Aids, shampoo, lotion, toys, and school supplies.  Among the most common conditions seen were intestinal parasites due to unsanitary water conditions, ear and scalp infections, respiratory conditions, and hypertension among adults.  The mission group was able to arrange for long-term aid in the form of clean water delivery, medication, and wheelchairs and canes for patients with impaired mobility.  Kelly said, “It was a very gratifying experience, and I hope to go on similar missions in the future.”


Please feel free to contact us about any upcoming local or abroad events. The doctors and staff at Brighton Healthy Smiles are always looking for new opportunities to give back to the community and those in need.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ― Winston S. Churchill”

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month – Helpful links and activity sheets

National Children's Dental Health Month Poster ChildClick these links to learn more about oral health for children:

  1. Kids Nutrition
  2. Prevent Kids Tooth Decay Infographic
  3. Dentistry for Children


Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. NCDHM messages and materials have reached millions of people in communities across the country.


National Children's Dental Health Month Poster TeenThe American Dental Association, along with the ADA Foundation, is pleased to provide you with the February 2016 National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) campaign poster.  This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.

Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Whether you’re a member of the dental team, a teacher or a parent, the ADA has free online resources that can help you with oral health presentations, ideas for the classroom, and activity sheets that can be used as handouts.

NCDHM activity sheets provided by the ADA:

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Study Suggests Link Between Gum Disease, Breast Cancer Risk

US News & World Report

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

Brighton Healthy Smiles, Michigan DentistMONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Gum disease might increase the risk for breast cancer among postmenopausal women, particularly those who smoke, a new study suggests.

Women with gum disease appeared to have a 14 percent overall increased risk for breast cancer, compared to women without gum disease. And that increased risk seemed to jump to more than 30 percent if they also smoked or had smoked in the past 20 years, researchers said.

“These findings are useful in providing new insight into what causes breast cancer,” said lead author Jo Freudenheim, a professor of epidemiology at the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions in New York. Read more

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