SOURCE: Avant Dental Care

Avant Dental Care

June 30, 2015 18:24 ET

Winnipeg Dental Practice Returns From Mission Trip to Jamaica

WINNIPEG, MB--(Marketwired - June 30, 2015) - Doctors and staff members of a comprehensive Winnipeg dental practice recently completed a week-long mission trip to Jamaica to provide dental care to both children and adults.

Dr. Nathan Jeal and Dr. Bao-Tran Nguyen, two general dentists who practice at Avant Dental Care, provided dental services to 200 adults and children. The dentists spent eight hours a day treating patients. The doctors were joined by Avant Dental Care staff members.

“Jamaica is a country that is suffering a very serious oral health crisis, and most residents there do not have access to quality dental care,” said Dr. Jeal, partner of Avant Dental Care. "Our goal was to meet with patients to solve their immediate dental issues but to also educate them about the importance of dental care and its relation to overall health."

Jamaica has more than 2.5 million citizens, but just 15 percent of the country has access to dental care. Part of the problem is the lack of dentists in the country. Jamaica has fewer than 170 dentists -- or one dentist for every 17,000 citizens. The standard is about one dentist for every 2,500 people.

In addition to providing dental care, Dr. Jeal met with Jamaican Minister of Health Dr. Fenton Ferguson to discuss ways to improve Jamaica’s growing oral health problem.

“We feel like we were able to make a difference and learn about the challenges the country faces,” Dr. Jeal said. “We look forward to returning to Jamaica to continue our work of helping those who are less fortunate.”

Avant Dental Care is a comprehensive dental provider that includes five dental offices around the Winnipeg area. The locations include Arborg Dental Centre, Lorette Family Dental Care, Teulon Dental Care, Winnipeg Square Dental Centre and Broadway Dental Centre.

Dr. Jeal and Dr. Nguyen both hold dental degrees from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. They have completed hundreds of hours in continuing education across North America to provide all phases of dentistry to their patients.

Avant Dental Care provides care in general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry and dental implants. The practice is a leading Winnipeg Invisalign provider, and the doctors travel extensively to stay current and learn from top educators in the field. Invisalign is a revolutionary treatment that straightens teeth without brackets or wires. Invisalign uses a system of clear aligners to gradually straighten teeth. The trays are replaced once every two weeks, and the treatment is virtually undetectable.

Avant Dental Care combines professionalism with state-of-the-art technology to provide gentle and complete dental care. The offices have computers in their operatories and use CEREC same-day crowns. Using CEREC, the Avant Dental Care dental team can prepare and set permanent crowns in just one visit.

In addition to cosmetic services, Avant Dental Care provides dental implants for patients with missing teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace single missing teeth or to secure dentures. Dr. Jeal recommends that patients consider dental implants because the implants preserve jawbone and anchor permanent restorations. Dental implants can be placed with a 95 percent success rate and they produce about 90 percent of the biting force of natural teeth.

To learn more about Avant Dental Care’s leading Winnipeg cosmetic dentistry services or to view the location of each Avant Dental Care dental practice, visit the website at

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