Daybreak shows silhouetted palm trees and a cool, clear morning. At 7:15 we head to clinic – we start early in Cambodia to beat the heat of the day. After a 20 minute drive we are deep in the countryside, passing ox carts and swarms of children biking to school.

ur team of six dentists, one dental assistant and 13 non-dental volunteers are from five US states, Canada and Malaysia. Non-dental volunteers include an ICU nurse, commercial fisherman, foreign service officer, teacher, a CEO and retirees.


This morning on the bus the team is quiet as they prepare for work in this new and sometimes challenging environment. We arrive at a village school built by, HUSK, an NGO that provides free supplemental education, particularly English and hygiene classes, to local children. The clinic is set up in a converted classroom – close quarters for six dental stations.

The day begins quickly and efficiently – students receive a dental chart, a new tooth brush and toothbrush instruction. Patients line up at the door chattering excitedly.

A History of Global Dental Relief

Posted on June 19, 2018. Living in remote areas, many children around the world do not receive the dental care they need. Due to this lack of simple oral care, children suffer from chronic pain. As decay in their mouth increases, infections grow, ultimately affecting their overall health. Seventeen years... Read more »

The Volunteer Experience: What Is It Like to Volunteer with Global Dental Relief?

Posted on June 12, 2018. Do you have a passion for volunteering and dental care? Consider joining Global Dental Relief on a volunteer trip to one of five developing countries where we provide vital dental care for children. Volunteers are the backbone of the work we do – treating as... Read more »

Colorado Dental Hygienists Help Children in Need in Guatemala

Posted on May 22, 2018. Theresa arrived in Antigua, Guatemala, not sure what volunteering would look like. This was nothing like past “vacations” where you sit on a beach and drink margaritas. She had a different focus in mind – to help children in the Guatemalan Highlands live happier, healthier... Read more »

March 2018 Progress Report

Progress Report #18 March 2018 Volunteers Serving Children in Need Around the Globe Dental Care for Kids Since 2001 Children Served: 146,365 Donated Care: $30.7 million Volunteers: 2,358 Seventeen years ago we started this adventure in service--and today Global Dental Relief volunteers remain hard at work delivering critical dental care... Read more »

We need YOU: Clinic openings in 2018.

Posted on April 9, 2018. Dental care is a luxury many people take for granted. Regular exams and routine cleanings are an annual occurrence for many. But for children who live in remote areas of the world, access to proper dental care is often a “once in a lifetime” opportunity.... Read more »