In January, Vinnie Verderosa, CDT, MDT, Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, spent nine days working with the Giving Through Smiles Foundation in Neltume, Chile, a remote logging village in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. He was the only technician in a 10-person team from New York, including prosthodontists and dentists. They joined forces with dentists and dental students from a university in Chile to fabricate 50 dentures and treat 150 children with rampant tooth decay.
A clinic was set up in the lunchroom of a school, along with two rooms for denture work. The volunteers brought materials with them from the U.S., including teeth and articulators donated by Ivoclar Vivadent. The equipment was provided by the Chilean dental school and was very limited, with some of the patients treated on school desks that substituted for dental chairs.
Dentists and students from the university met with patients ahead of time to perform exams and schedule appointments, so when the...
47% are freezing pay raises
39% are reducing/eliminating overtime
38% are cutting hours
36% are laying off technicians
25% are reducing/eliminating bonuses
16% are reducing/eliminating health insurance benefits
8% are cutting salaries
7% are instituting forces, unpaid vacations
(percentages total more than 100 because respondents could select more than one answer)
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