Author Archives: Charity Crawford

3rd Annual Special Needs Week

Special needs patients from impoverished communities are in critical need of good dental care; without it, their quality of life is greatly diminished or even at risk. Because of this amazing specialty team, they’re receiving it! An impressive amount of …

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Special Needs Dentistry Update

Dr. Stephanie Lambour, Clinical Director for the Municipality of Villa Nueva at the Peronia clinic in Guatemala and I attended the Special Care Dentistry Association (SCDA) annual meeting and International Association for Disability and Oral Health (iADH) congress recently. I …

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90,000 Patients served and counting

At this time of year when we reflect on all the blessings in life, it is the connections we’ve made through Open Wide and the patients we’ve served that come to the forefront. Our volunteers and donors who say “We” …

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The Swing Set

To the right of the Peronia clinic entrance, nestled between the patient education stations and the clinic administrative building stands a new installation – one that has nothing to do with dentistry, and everything to do with the individual efforts …

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Peronia Model Dental Clinic

Peronia clinic has become a model dental clinic in Guatemala. It is already considered the highest technological dental clinic in Central America. With the future plans for a CEREC and Digital Panoramic X-ray, donated by individuals and industry partners, exciting …

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Shrewsbury Dentist Volunteers in Guatemala

Shrewsbury Patch talks with Dr. Todd Pizzi, a local Shrewsbury dentist who recently aided other dentists in volunteering dental restorations for people in the community surrounding a permanent dental clinic installed with the Open Wide Foundation. Dr. Todd Pizzi of …

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Experience More Than You Think Possible

A favorite quote from Jim Valvano: “To me, there are three things we all should do every day. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number …

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