During the month of April, we’re having a fundraiser to help out an amazing charity called Smile Train. They provide free corrective surgeries and therapy for children around the world who were born with cleft palate. This condition has devastating effects on a child’s physical and emotional health but can be corrected with surgery that costs as low as $250. For every dental implant procedure, we start in April, we’ll make a donation that helps many children get the high-quality medical and dental care they desperately need. Not only can you restore your smile with implants from a dentist in Orlando that look and feel fantastic, but you’ll be making a huge difference in the lives of these children at the same time. Keep reading to learn more about the important work this charity is doing and how you can help!
Cleft palate or cleft lip (often simply referred to as “cleft”) occurs when the lips or roof of the mouth don’t fuse together during fetal development.
If a child born with a cleft doesn’t receive reconstructive surgery, they’ll face many serious challenges in their lifetime, including:
Reconstructive surgery is the first step in treatment, but Smile Train also provides the comprehensive care that children need afterward, including:
In addition, some children are so malnourished that they can’t safely have surgery. In these cases, Smile Train also provides food and medical care for 1-2 weeks beforehand.
Also, Smile Train has also provided critically needed training and education to surgeons and medical professionals in over 140 countries!
Dental implants are widely regarded as the best way to replace missing teeth because they mimic your own natural teeth more than any other option. Here are some of the many benefits they provide:
We feel very lucky to be in a position to help those in need. We also know that many of our patients are interested in getting dental implants but are simply waiting for an ideal time.
If this sounds like you, April is a great opportunity to not only improve your own oral health but that of a child as well!
Dr. John E. Russo is an award-winning family dentist in Orlando with 25 years of experience. He’s passionate about giving back and is excited to help people in underserved communities get the care they need to lead happy, healthy lives. If you’re interested in getting dental implants and helping a great charity at the same time, you can reach him with questions via his website.