Changing lives every day

2016 Holiday message Girl brushing teeth banner with quote

Open Wide Foundation is changing smiles and 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 the world differently and bring new awareness into the lives of their own family and patients.

Each effort builds on the last to better oral health for the community and produces many positive ripple effects year-round. Thanks to our volunteers, donors and industry partners we have been able to expand the reach of sustainable dental care to the most under-served areas in Guatemala.

Since 2012, we have:

– Started seven new dental clinics

– 1000+ Volunteers have served over 200,000 patients

– Given 44,000 fluoride washes

– Delivered 56,000 home care packages

– Mentored and lectured over 300 Guatemalan dental students

2017 marked the completion of our five-year plan to turn over the reins of our Peronia Clinic to its local community and they are thriving under self-administration. We continue to have specialty weeks in the Peronia clinic and collaborate with government on a developing national oral health care program.

This year, we chose our next community partner in San Pedro Sacatapequez which is one of the satellite clinics opened in 2014. In February, it was inaugurated with new equipment, instrumentation and five dental chairs thanks to the generosity of A-dec. We are also pleased to announce an expansion of the Open Wide team with the addition of Michael L. Johnson DDS as OWF Clinic Director and Nicole Huser as OWF Operations Manager.

Next year is shaping up to be another impactful year for the foundation. With plans for at least one additional clinic opening, the rolling out of our caries prevention program pilot involving 10 local schools around Villa Nueva and additional support and training for our more remote clinics, we are poised to make the most difference since we began this wonderful journey.

To continue this important work, we still need you.  As you look toward your year-end giving we hope you will consider including Open Wide. Please see the links below to see how you can bring better oral health to those who need it most.

We wish you a beautiful holiday season.

Lisa Wysel

Founder & Board Member – Open Wide Foundation


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Your support will bring better oral health to families who have little to no access to dental care. Because of the generous contributions provided by Spear Education and Open Wide founders, we are able to direct every dollar you donate to our clinic programs. Give today


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