Below you will find information about mission trips that Pleasant Hill, IA dentist Dr. Angie Forsberg has been involved in.
Jamaican Mission Trip - 2014
Dentist couple spreads smiles to remote Jamaican village
By Charles Flesher;, firstname.lastname@example.org; 11:07 p.m. CST February 19, 2014
By the time Dr. Angie Forsberg arrived back home in Altoona she already had three voicemails.
“I hope you got home OK and thank you for your help.”
Forsberg, owner of Pleasant Dental in Pleasant Hill, and her husband, Dr. Eric Forsberg, owner of Altoona Smiles in Altoona, spent four days in late January providing services to the residents of the small village of Mavis Bank, Jamaica.
“It’s so nice to get a message like that,” said Angie Forsberg, who opened her dental clinic in October.
The outreach trip was the sixth for Angie, who started traveling to Jamaica while still a dental student at the University of Iowa. It was the second for her husband.
They were joined by five other dentists and three amateur volunteers on the trip organized by Jim Carney of the Christian Dental Society.
“The Jamaicans do not have much in the way of dental care, let alone preventative education, so many end up with most of their teeth extracted,” Carney wrote in an email.
He has been traveling to the island nation four times a year for the past 20 years and has established clinics in four villages.
Prior to last month’s trip, it had been two years since a dentist had visited the people of Mavis Bank.
“Word travels very quickly, ‘The dentist is coming,’ ” Angie Forsberg said.
Patients walk for up to a day to reach the facility as word spreads. And lines begin forming early in the morning in hopes of being seen.
“We did a few cleanings this year and we did a few fillings,” Angie Forsberg said. But mostly the dentists deal with extractions of problematic teeth.
“We took out over 500 teeth” in four days, Angie Forsberg said. “Some of the people were in such pain we had to have them come back two days later. We’d give them antibiotics and they’d come back when the infection had gone down.”
She estimates she saw between 80 and 100 people each day.
“It’s quite a learning experience,” she said. “You learn about just how valuable a toothbrush is to them.”
The dentists also visited schools to share “tooth healthy tips” and provided patients with toothbrushes, floss and other dental care products after their visits.
It’s tiring work, but the rewards are many.
“When I started dental school my goal was just helping people,” Angie Forsberg said. “That’s why I’m a dentist.”
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