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Cambodia Dental Trip 2015

Several years ago, I read an article in the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry newsletter about an orthodontist from Clinton, Iowa, who travels to Cambodia to provide dental care for orphans.  The article and pictures touched me deeply, and I kept it for more than a year but finally tossed it out.  A few years later, my wife and I hosted a Central College student we met at church, who "by chance" was this orthodontist's daughter!  

I was touched by her stories of Cambodia and by the divinely coordinated events that brought us together!  I am confident that God opened the door for this dental service trip to Cambodia, not to mention that I was able to share it with two of my oldest sons who are both considering careers in the field of dentistry.  

On the last day of the trip, we visited "S-21/The Tuol Sleng Prison", an interrogation, torture, and execution center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where the Communist Party of Kampuchea (Khymer Rouge) imprisoned their people and committed atrocities from 1975 - 1979.  We were able to visit with Chum Mey, one of the 7 people to survive this center.  His wife and children did not.  Today, he tells his story to all who will listen and helps provide aid for those recovering from the Killing Fields of Cambodia. (see last picture)

There are many orphans in

There are over 100 FCOP
"Four Square Children of Promise"
Christian Orphanages in Cambodia.

Most orphans have lost one
or both of their parents to
illness, disease and accidents.

11 orphanages were transported
by truck during the week.

The average orphanage was 25-35
children plus caretakers.

Tooth decay is very bad in
Cambodia.  Children chew on
sugar cane as a snack.


Each patient was screened for age,
weight, and health problems.

Then, each patient was triaged for
dental needs and given a rank for
treatment.  Easy patients were first!

After a prayer of blessing for each
child, dental treatment began.

Dentistry is intense work, and the hot
temperatures made it more challenging.

God granted us the strength to care
for each patient!

The Reward!

Sterilizing Instruments

Sterilizing Instruments

Sterilizing Instruments

Painting the Church

Painting the Church

Teaching Music

Teaching Music

Experiencing Love!

One of the orphanages we served.

Another one of the orphanages 
we served.

A blessed orphanage that we served
during the week.

One of the several orphanages that
we served throughout the week.


The Market


Survivor from the Killing Fields in 



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After many years of being self-conscious about my smile due to an overbite and overlapping teeth, I decided to have a consult about having braces (preferably Invisalign). Due to all the correction needed, wire braces were my only option. After 5 years of various correction procedures I am now proud of my smile. Dr. Jeff and the staff were always prompt and very encouraging during each visit.

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I had an appointment this morning for a crown prep. I was seated a few minutes before my actual appointment time. I was seen immediately by the assistant who prepped me for my local anesthetic. The anesthetic was given gently and painlessly. When I was thoroughly numb the procedure was started and finished in a shorter time than I had thought it might be. I was happy with all the services I received. Everyone from office staff to those assisting and performing the services were courteous and efficient. Dr. Dahm was his usual friendly professional self. I would recommend this dental practice to anyone needing dental care.

~Sue S. (October 2016)

I know, through my own work experience, that working with the public can be trying at times, and sometimes it is difficult not to fall into a "negative" mode, which really does none of us any good. I am not sure whether a "negative" atmosphere shows its face when dealing with people, as much as a "positive" atmosphere does, or not. I am inclined to think not, but anyway, I would like to say that I am proud of everyone in your office, for creating and keeping that "positive" atmosphere, for all of us patients, because it truly does make a difference in the way we feel while we are there, and when we leave the office. I don't ever remember giggling several times during a dentist appointment, but couldn't help myself yesterday morning, as Dr. Dahm moved through the office, greeting, reassuring, and caring for people. The girls who helped me through the x-rays, molds, and other necessary procedures were awesome, as well! "Good Job", "You're doing great", etc., while in a place where most people are a little uncomfortable, at best, is so nice to hear. And, when I was confused about just where in my mouth my filling would go, the girls were so kind in explaining that they really were going to work on the correct tooth. LOL! I am running on here, but I think too often in business, the main feedback that people get, is the negative stuff. I have always tried to counter that, by letting people know when I really do appreciate what they have done "for" me, instead of "to" me, and I will be the first to admit that trust does not always come easy for me - just the way I am. And, I feel that an establishment's "true colors" show in instances like I had yesterday, when I needed some reassurance that everything was okay. I am so appreciative of the way everyone handled that (sorry that I took up precious time), but now I know, that if/when I truly do need help, it will be there, and given in a kind and understanding manner. That means a LOT to me! So, in closing, in the middle of the night, during my usual "awake" time, I just kept thinking WOW! I just don't know of a better way to express my feelings! And, of course, THANK YOU to everyone in that office, because it takes every person in an environment like that to maintain a caring and positive atmosphere! I notice and I appreciate all of it, and I would recommend anyone I know to become a patient there!

Pam B.

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