More than $18,000 worth of supplies is making its way to dental practices in Peru thanks to a donation from Henry Schein Inc., a distributor that has offices in Elmhurst and Kankakee, according to a company announcement.
The donation to the Growing Smiles Foundation was part of Henry Schein Cares, an initiative the company has pursued to bring better dental care to children across the globe.
According to the press release, dental handpieces, restorative materials, gloves and more will be used by dental professionals and students sent to Peru from Temple University's Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry (TUKSoD). Teams have visited the South American country since 2012, ultimately treating more than 1,000 people, most of whom are children residing at the LaSagrada Familia orphanage near Lima.
"Henry Schein has been an incredible partner to the Growing Smiles Foundation and we are extremely grateful for this generous donation," Dr. Bari Levine, founder of the Growing Smiles Foundation, said in the release. Levine is a graduate of TUKSoD.
During weekly visits, university team cleans children’s teeth, applies sealants and fluoride and performs extractions, according to the release. After care at the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences (UPC) dental school is encouraged.
"We at Henry Schein are pleased to support the Growing Smiles Foundation as their commitment to expanding access to care to children in need closely aligns with Team Schein's core values," Stanley M. Bergman, Henry Schein's CEO and board chairman, said in the release. "I applaud Dr. Levine and her colleagues for their efforts on behalf of the children of Peru and around the world."