It is difficult to obtain dental care for many of the patients we treat in the Bocas Archipelago. Due to remoteness and expensive treatment fees, visiting a local clinic or practitioner is nearly impossible. For most people, the dental care provided by Floating Doctors is their only chance to resolve their dental problems.
We conduct single-day clinical deployments to communities near our base and multi-day clinics as long as five days to more remote locations, living in villages during the deployment and returning to our base afterwards.
Dentists and dental health providers have the opportunity to truly challenge their dental skills while working in a rural and minimalist clinical setting. Under the supervision of our Lead Dental Providers, dental volunteers will stretch and challenge their clinical skills. Dental volunteers perform extractions, ART restorations and PMC/SSC’s, alongside prevention and fluoride varnish application. For more complex and detailed dental work, we operate a Friday base clinic that uses our mobile dental unit and allows us to devote more time and resources to patients.
Floating Doctors’ sustainability is of the utmost importance to us. We focus on the causes rather than the consequences of dental problems in the communities. As part of our mission, we provide dental education in clinic settings, as well as dental supplies such as toothbrushes and toothpaste. We provide lessons on effective brushing as well as information and guidance on the importance of diet and lifestyle.