Helping make smiles for Thai children

Somchai, a young teenage boy, came to the Smiles for Everyone outreach with large cavities in his front teeth that had been there for a number of years. He didn’t smile at all because he was so embarrassed about his teeth, and it was obvious he had very low self-esteem. So Dr. Seelawan, the team dentist, took about two and a half hours to restore his teeth. After he was done, Somchai left with a confident smile; one that surprised everyone in his neighborhood, as they had never seen his beautiful smile before.

Imagine these children like Somchai growing up without access to the oral health care we take for granted. Now imagine having the power to provide treatment to a child or teen like this in need of this care.

You can.

Smiles for Everyone Foundation, is providing dental care for less fortunate people in countries like Thailand. By partnering with us, you can put a smile on the face of a child from an orphanage or a family who doesn’t have access to dental care.

Why Thailand?

Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease and the resulting toothache contributes to huge numbers of days missed from school. Children often bear pain resulting in loss of concentration, tiredness and poor performance at school. In Thailand more than 80% of children ages 6-19 years have dental decay. And dental problems cause 1,900 hours of school lost for every thousand children. Children and families in rural areas and those whose families are poor often have little access to the dental treatment they need.

SOURCE: ORAL HEALTH WORLDWIDE: A REPORT BY THE FDI WORLD DENTAL FEDERATION

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SEAL (Service Expedition Accelerating Leaders) Team Two took the mission of Smile Brands — delivering Smiles for Everyone® — to a new international audience, giving our team members a great opportunity to serve the needs of others through acts of compassion and service.

Smile Brands selected 15 team members to be part of SEAL Team Two and travel to Thailand for eight days to engage in a second dental mission trip. The key objective on this mission was to develop and expand the model for provision of exceptional dental and hygiene care to groups of less fortunate people in another culture.

SEAL Team 2 – Thailand

Team Member

Dr. Mazin Alayssami

Herndon. VA

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Steve Bilt

Irvine, CA

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Dr. Robert Chidester

South Jordan, UT

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Kimberly Chiu

Allen, TX

Team Member

Marc Cohen

Santa Ana, CA

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Dr. Stanley Hong

Temecula, CA

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Dr. Karen Martinez

Wilmington, CA

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Bill McCarthy

Irvine, CA

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Jim McPartland

Coto de Caza, CA

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Gary Meeker

Santa Ana, CA

Team Member

Dr. Craig Mellor

Aurora, CO

Team Member

Jaqui Melroe

Plano, TX

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Debbie Potts

Stafford, VA

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Dr. Randy Richardson

Dallas, TX

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Norm Schulz

Lynden, WA

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Stacy Slater

Milwaukie, OR

International Ambassadors

Team Member

Dr. Robert Chidester, DDS

Thailand Ambassador

Lead Dentist, Monarch Dental, Sandy, Utah & Market Dental Director, Utah

Dr. Robert Chidester graduated from Northwestern University Dental School in Chicago, Ill., in 1983, then worked in a private practice in Salt Lake City for the next five years. From 1988 to 1995 he worked at Al-Hada Military Hospital in Taif, Saudi Arabia.

When Dr. Chidester returned to Utah in 1995, he became affiliated with Monarch Dental and currently serves as the Market Dental Director for Utah. Dr. Chidester was a member of SEAL Team 2′s International Smile Project to Thailand in May 2012.

Dr. Chidester’s wife, Nally, is originally from Bangkok, Thailand and is fluent in Thai; they have been married for 31 years. Nally owns and operates a very successful Thai restaurant in Sandy, Utah. Their four children all graduated from the University of Utah and all are married. Dr. Chidester and his wife have four grandchildren.

Team Member

Dr. Randell W. Richardson, DDS

Thailand Ambassador

Lead Dentist, Monarch Dental, Lewisville, TX & Market Dental Director, DFW-North

Dr. Randell “Randy” Richardson, a native Texan, is passionate about learning and strives for excellence in all he does. This was evident from his early years at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1977. He then attended the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School in San Antonio, where he graduated 17th in a class of 163 graduates.

After returning to his roots in Dallas, he practiced family dentistry and orthodontics as an associate dentist then began his private practice in 1989. He became affiliated with Smile Brands in 2003, becoming a lead dentist in 2005 at the Monarch Dental in Lewisville, Texas. He became a Market Dental Director for Dallas-Ft. Worth in 2010, overseeing 20 offices, and enjoys the challenges and rewards of his current position. Dr. Richardson was presented with the President’s Award for 2012 by Smile Brands’ President & CEO Steve Bilt. Dr. Richardson was a member of SEAL Team 2′s International Smile Project to Thailand in May 2012.

Dr. Richardson lives in Dallas with his wife of 32 years, Sharyl; his mother, Dorothy; and his teenage daughter, Tori. He and Sharyl also have two married daughters, Amy and Kayla, and a son, Stephen. Dr. Richardson enjoys spending time with his family, serving in his church and traveling.

Thailand International Outpost Team

Team Member

Dr. Sylavane Phaouthene, DDS.

Thailand Dental Team, Clinical Director

 

 
Dr. Sylavane Phaouthene graduated from Vientiane University of Medicine with a diploma in dentistry. He has been practicing dentistry for 26 years and currently resides in Laos.

He is so passionate about helping to provide dental care for those in need that he helps conduct dental outreaches in Laos and Thailand.

Team Member

Enoch “Nok” Sirikul

Thailand Dental Team

President, Foundation for Leadership and Life Enhancement

Enoch Sirikul is a respected leader who works with government, business and nonprofit organizations throughout Thailand. He is currently President of the Foundation for Leadership and Life Enhancement and Chairman of the “Love Thailand” Project. He has trained hundreds of young leaders and has actively brought people together to meet human needs, uniting diverse groups for a variety of outreach initiatives, including tsunami and flood relief efforts.

Nok is married to Leya and they have a son Noel in high school. The family lives in Bangkok.

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Laos Outreach

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Laos Outreach

Our first day of the trip, we left the capital city of Laos, Vientiane, and headed for the city of Sawanaket – a distance of only about125 miles).  But it took about  5 hours in travel time because of the poor condition of the highway. We treated patients there for 2 days before continuing to [...]

Thailand International Outpost

Last December, we had the amazing experience of visiting orphanages and nutrition centers in Paraguay to provide dental care to children in need. We literally saved lives through procedures ranging from removing abscesses with severe infection to fillings and education about routine oral hygiene. It was an inspiring and life-changing experience for myself and the [...]