Belize Medical Mission Trip 2017

A "Perfect" Summer

2017 Belize Medical Missions Trip

When I think about July, my mind automatically goes to the times spent in Belize with my family. The memories made there are like none other, the sticky humidity, the caring mission team, and children’s smiles that will melt your heart are just a few of the memories. My family and I love going. The relationships forged over the years, along with some dental work thrown in, make our time down there; well “Perfect”. So perfect, in fact, that we keep going back. This was our 9th year and this team was able to see just shy of one thousand patients. On average, the dental team sees about a third of that number and this year we were blessed with two of our very own Neosho Smiles members, Kim Smith and Kim Camerer.

The crazy thing is that some of our patients have never seen a dentist; there is a lot of preventive education that goes on. Often we talk with our patients about the importance of healthy gums and how it pertains to diabetes. There are a large number of people who come through our clinic who have to regulate their blood sugar or worse, they are unaware that they have diabetes. There is a direct link to periodontal disease and diabetes. It is people like you that make this medical mission trip successful each year. The next time you come in ask us about perio and diabetes.

For more info about North Belize Medical Missions please visit this link

To read Dr. Reagan's blog about his experience on the 2016 medical mission, click here

Wellness of Mind, Body and Smiles

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Wellness renewal for spring

Springtime is thought of as a time of newness and renewal. The flowers are starting to bloom and green is the color on everyone’s mind. The days start to get longer and people are spending more time outside.



With these thoughts in mind, people generally think about getting in shape for summer and want to make healthier choices. Wellness is the driving factor. However, what many don’t realize is how much the hygiene of your mouth is linked to your overall health. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, “research has indicated that periodontal disease increases the risk of heart disease.”



Gum disease is a chronic infection affecting the gums and the bones that supports the teeth. Bacteria and the body’s own immune system break down the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place.



This spring, with renewal on our minds think about your wellness.



Think about your health!



We challenge you to come in and talk with us about your oral wellness, and let us help transform your smile.