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  • Day6

    Dental clinic

    March 23 in Guatemala ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    On Saturday I helped out at the dental clinic acting as a dental assistant. Sterilizing the instruments and getting the dentist's the tools they needed, had to learn some dental jargon to identify the various tools they use for pulling teeth.

    I saw how bad oral infections can get if left untreated, even kids no older than 12 had big infections in their gums caused by rotting teeth.

    Jess did a few cleanings but 90 percent of the work was just pulling teeth and assisting the dentist's so that they were able to see all the people who came, which we did successfully. The people we saw would have walked or hitchhiked from the surrounding rural communities.

    Later that evening we had a big dinner with the mayor and other local people involved with the project. One thing I noticed was that every local drank pop with their dinner and none of the Canadians did. There are junk food stores on every corner, it doesn't make sense how they all can stay in business, but they do.
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