International Service Trips
We provide individuals with opportunities to serve communities in need around the world through dental clinics. We also enable and equip these communities to better serve themselves through ongoing clinical training.
With 53 percent of Guatemala’s population living in poverty and 13 percent in extreme conditions, dental disease is a tremendous problem in this country of 14.7 million people. Responding to the widespread need for oral healthcare, the Pacific Dental Services® Foundation established a clinic in Xenacoj, Guatemala in 2015. Through a partnership with Mission Impact, Beeline Wheelchairs and the University of San Carlos Dental School – The PDS® Foundation Clinic provides comprehensive care to many people in need in Guatemala, including those with disabilities.
Although the Fijian government works diligently to provide free medical care, specialized care is often not accessible to a large portion of the population due to geographical and financial constraints. The result is many Fijians suffer from debilitating but treatable oral health complications. Since the first dental outreach in 1998, the Mission at Natuvu Creek has been providing access to care through volunteer teams. The Pacific Dental Services Foundation joined these teams in 2011.
According to the 2012 FDI World Dental Federation report, Visions 2020: Shaping the Future of Oral Health, there is just one dentist per 1,278,446 people in Ethiopia. Parents often walk several days with children on their backs just for the chance to see a dentist. Since 2010, The Pacific Dental Services Foundation has been leading trips to the Tigray region of Ethiopia to provide comprehensive dentistry services as well as to cultivate an ongoing relationship with the University of Mekelle Dental School.
Partnering with the University of the Pacific
The Pacific Dental Services Foundation Dental Clinic was host to a group of dental students from The University of The Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry for five days. This was the second visit from The University of the Pacific to the PDS Foundation Dental Clinic in Xenacoj, Guatemala. A total of 17 dental students, 2 hygiene students, and 4 faculty members provided cleanings, extractions, fillings, and endodontics to 179 patients. In addition to serving patients at the clinic, the students visited a local school where they provided fluoride treatment and oral hygiene instruction.