I just read about a dentist, Dr. Julian Haszard, who is passionate about mountain climbing as well as about helping people to achieve dental health. Sound familiar? I also enjoy the mountains, but for me, 4,000 feet will do fine rather than the 14,000 feet he climbs!
Dr. Haszard formed a dental aid charity called SmileHigh to service Nepalese children. Because of a radical change in diet, especially a huge increase in refined sugar, there is enormous dental decay among Nepalese children, especially among those of remote communities that have no dental services.
This summer a group of dental professionals will travel to Nepal to volunteer their dental services in conjunction with an expedition to climb Mount Manaslu. The purpose of the climb is to raise money for SmileHigh. The dentists will provide dental treatment and dental education in the Samagon region of Nepal for two weeks. Their website is www.smilehigh.net. How fabulous!