US Professionals provide free dental care and education to over 1,140 patients in Akumal, Mexico

Fifteen independent Aspen Dental practitioners ran a free dental clinic for a week in November with the goal of removing barriers to care worldwide

CHICAGO, November 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In partnership with Aspen Dental’s Overseas Outreach Program and Global Dental Relief, a team of 15 Aspen Dental independent practitioners traveled to Akumal, Mexico to provide free dental care to over 1,140 area patients over the course of a week. Aspen Dental’s Overseas Outreach Program brings a team of dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and lab technicians to countries in need of free dental care. The program has been active for more than five years and has served communities in Guatemala, Argentine and Mexicoamong others.

While in Akumal, the team provided 501 cleanings, 521 fluoride treatments and 63 extractions, all free of charge. Children accounted for approximately 40% of the patients served during the trip. In addition to treating the immediate needs of patients, the doctors and dental staff also provided oral hygiene lessons to nearly 600 children to educate them on dental hygiene, with the goal of improving the community’s oral health for years to come.

“These kids are so cheerful and having so much fun and there is so much love in the community here. The problem is that they really don’t have the same access to care here as we do in the US, so they can be a part of it. about it and to teach them and treat their cavities and their disease is really special,” said Lauren McDonough, DMD, vice president, practice owner development, Aspen Dental, who plays an important role in planning these information tours. “We have really assembled a great group of doctors, hygienists, practice managers, dental assistants and more. This group was so cohesive – they don’t care about their position, just there for the mission and to provide better care for the children in Akumal.”

“My whole family is from Mexicoso I think it’s really important to give back to everybody, but especially where you’re from,” he said Haidee Aguiniga, senior dental assistant at Aspen Dental. “I wanted to be able to travel and make a difference and that was the main reason I was so excited to go on this trip. I would not have had this opportunity to serve in the Mexico without being a part of the Aspen Dental team and I am grateful that there are these types of outreach programs that we can participate in.”

The success of this journey is based on the continued impact of Aspen’s Healthy Mouth Movement (HMM), a community giving initiative launched in 2014 to provide free dental care to those who need it most. Since the launch of HMM, dentists and their teams at Aspen Dental-branded practices have donated over 26 million dollars in dental services for over 33,000 people in need worldwide. Meeting the unique needs of underserved communities is an essential part of Aspen Dental’s mission. The Aspen Dental network includes more than 1,000 independent practitioners, and as the network of offices expands, Aspen Dental continues to make strides in ensuring access to quality, affordable dental care for all who need it.

Aspen Dental’s Overseas Outreach Program provides opportunities for professionals in the Aspen Dental network to travel the world while developing their skills and serving those most in need of dental care. The Overseas Outreach Program is just one of the many development opportunities Aspen Dental offers to employees. To learn more about careers at Aspen Dental and view open positions, please visit

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