Three Kool Smiles dentists, a clinical team leader and a dental hygienist traveled to the Accra and Kumasi regions of Ghana and spent a week delivering much needed dental care to nearly 200 children and adults! Kool Smiles partnered with Touch A life as a part of our global outreach initiative, Kool Doctors Giving Back, which aims to bring, quality, compassionate dental care to underserved communities throughout the world.
Treatment provided to local villages included dental examinations, extractions, restorative procedures, and cleanings during their time in Ghana. Families were also provided with dental hygiene tips and health kits.
The Kool Smiles volunteer dental team included:
- Associate Doctor Abrefi-Kete Asare, DDS from Laredo, Texas;
- Associate Doctor Tashiba Nelson, DDS from Orangeburg, South Carolina;
- Associate Doctor Tsebaot Idrias, DDS from Baltimore, Maryland;
- Clinical Team Leader Teri Brown from Louisville, Kentucky; and
- Dental Hygienist Amy Le from Atlanta, Georgia.
Hear what the volunteers had to say about their trip:
“When children lack dental care, it impacts their quality of life and can cause suffering leading to an inability to eat, sleep, learn and play. Everyone should have access to quality, affordable dental care, regardless of where they live—whether it’s South Carolina or Ghana, Africa.” – Tashiba Nelson, DDS.
“Being able to give back to my homeland by educating and motivating the Touch A Life children to improve their oral health made this experience extremely rewarding.” – Abrefi Asare, DDS
“As a dentist, I really shouldn’t be surprised by a smile, but it was a look of appreciation on the beautiful children we treated in Ghana that made this the most humbling experience.” – Tsebaot Indrias, DDS
“One of the reasons I became a dental hygienist was to help people, do something positive and give back to the community. I’m grateful I had the opportunity to broaden my impact and serve children and families in communities on another continent. Our mission made a difference in the lives of those we treated and, in our lives, as dental providers caring for others.” – Amy Le, Dental Hygienist
Watch an interview with Dr. Tashiba Nelson:
To learn more about the Ghana mission trip, please visit the Kool Smiles Gives Back page!