Peronia child brushing her teeth after home care instruction

Changing lives every day

Open Wide is changing lives every day.  When one patient receives a new smile or is finally out of pain, they see themselves differently and live their lives accordingly.  When one volunteer gives of their skills and heart, they see …


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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 …



Peronia Dental Clinic Fourth Anniversary

At the end of a long workday, on January 21st of this year, an intimate group of Peronia dental clinic staff and volunteers celebrated the fourth anniversary of the Open Wide Foundation. It was a quiet, unremarkable moment, representing a …


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CEREC Crowns and Implants Center

In Guatemala, the average annual income is the equivalent of $800.00 and 80% of the population live in extreme poverty. Access to good dentistry like Crowns or Implants is simply limited to the small percentage of the population that have …



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 …