Monday, February 25, 2019

Recent Biology Graduate Assists with Dental Procedures in Tanzania

Madison Aungst, a BAHS 2018 alumna (BS Biology, pre-medical Sciences), and her father, general dentist Dr. Bryan Aungst , volunteered with the Reaching Children's Potential Project in Ipalamwa, Tanzania in January 2019. Madison raised over $6,000 from her church and the community for the trip to purchase dental equipment and 915 tooth brushes and tubes of toothpaste. Madison was inspired to raise funds to purchase tooth brushes after learning that the children without access to toothbrushes use sticks to clean their teeth. With the aid of a translator, Madison taught 115 kindergarten students how to brush their teeth!
Madison assisted while her father and another dentist saw 148 patients and extracted 347 teeth over the course of 5 days. Madison reports that the rate of cavities, decayed teeth, and gum disease was astounding. She found the experience both eye-opening and heartbreaking. In Madison's own words, "I wanted to give the people of Ipalamwa the opportunity to improve their health and live happier lives." Madison's inspiring journey is detailed at She will attend the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in fall 2019.

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