Dental

Medical Volunteer Opportunities Abroad

A young happy smiling girl demonstrates how to brush her teeth with a toothbrush while two women and four children smile and watch her

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.

A dental clinic with two patients lying down in dental chairs while four dentists and dental students treat them
Two young girls learn how to properly brush their teeth from a volunteer holding an oversized sculpture of upper and lower human teeth, while a group of children watch