Endodontist brings dental care education to developing countries
TORONTO- Dr. Gary Glassman is a root canal specialist with goals to improve oral health. He focuses on new, innovative technologies, making him a relevant and respected teacher in Toronto and on the global stage.
“I think Dr. G really embodies endodontics,” said Ali Lubelsky, a fourth year dental student at the University of Toronto. “He’s dedicated so much of his life towards it and he’s so passionate about it.”
Dr. Glassman is on a mission to change the landscape of oral health care, one smile at a time.
“I developed the Goodwill Oral Health Project about five years ago,” said Dr. Glassman. “I found there was a need in developing countries to provide the latest and greatest in techniques and technology to allow patients to keep their teeth for as long as they possibly can.”
For more than 15 years, Glassman and his longtime friend Dr. Len Boksman, have been volunteering their time setting up free oral health clinics in Kingston, Jamaica. They teach dental students in some of the toughest and most challenged communities, about the latest technologies and procedures.
“There’s a very short supply of dentists there,” said Dr. Boksman. “We take the students into the community as part of the dental program. They do everything from sealants to doing surgery, cleanings and education.”
The focus on Jamaica has changed the face of oral health in that country.
“We’ll be able to provide the dentists that the country requires,” said Dr. Glassman. “There’s only 150 dentists in all of Jamaica to satisfy a population of 2.6 million people.”
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