Two members of Newton’s community have recently returned from a trip to Mexico where they were involved in an outreach program to bring dental treatment and education to the children of Teacapan, Mexico through the auspices of Project Stretch, Dentistry Reaching Out to Children. Pediatric dentist John Ficarelli, his wife, Newton City Councilor Vicki Danberg and their son Andrew Danberg-Ficarelli, who is also a pediatric dentist, spent a week in the small town treating children and speaking to local educators about dental health care.
Project Stretch is a charity established to provide sustainable dental care and education to children locally, nationally and internationally. Since it was founded in 1988 it has provided care for over 20,000 children.
Programs have been undertaken throughout New England, most recently in Springfield and Worcester. Project Stretch has been involved with outreach in Georgia, New Orleans and as far afield as Ukraine and Nicaragua. Project Stretch is currently involved in long standing projects in Mexico and Honduras and is always looking to work in New England communities to provide dental care to underserved children. Tooth pain is the biggest cause of school absence among children, so dental education and care are essential. Find Project Stretch at: www.projectstretchdentistry.org.
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