Wanted: One Million Cavitrons

Trip Start Dec 30, 2005
Trip End Jan 30, 2006

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Sunday, January 8, 2006

For all the non-dental folks wondering what the heck cavitrons are, they are these high powered sonic scalers that blast away tarter from teeth- us hygienists pray to the cavitron gods everynight, thanking them for inventing "THE CAVITRON". If we only had one million of them, instead of two, we could prevent India's future mouths from decaying away!! But we've done very well with what we had. Our team consists of three dentists, six hygienists and four non-dental people that are now professional light holders!! Unforunately our restorative kits were lost in Calgary prior to leaving, so we've only been able to extract teeth that aren't restorable and do loads of hygiene (there are no hygienists in India!!). What an experience this has been!! About 30 cleanings completed with one day to go. People that want treatment are waiting for hours everyday; it is incredible to see this and be a part of it. Words can not express how grateful and appreciative they are to recieve treatment- when there number is called it's like they've won the lottery! It has been so rewarding to be here and to be appreciated on such a level. My payment for my time here has been in smiles and in hugs- I will never forget the faces (and the teeth!) of the people I have met here. Off to Delhi to meet up with John now for some travel & fun!!
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Hey, Ryall. It's wonderful that you are able to help these people out. I am envious that you are travelling the world while I sit in my office staring into the building across the street. I do enjoy your blogs and look forward to receiving more updates. Have a fabulous trip and hopefully it won't go by too quickly. Laurie

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