PitCairn Island is a small British territory located in the Pacific Ocean, and it is one of the most isolated places on earth with a population of about 50 people.  The nearest airport is 330 miles away at the Gambier Island, which receives only one plane a week.  Then, a 36-hour boat ride from Gambier Islands Airport to Pitcairn is required, but the boat travels to Pitcairn only four times per year.  I took four flights followed by the 36 hour boat ride to get to the remote country of Pitcairn.  The residents of PitCairn had not seen a dentist for many years.  The PitCairn doctor who had been a physician in Australia prior to moving to PitCairn, tried his best to treat the oral health of the small society; however, he had no dental or oral health training.  While I was in Pitcairn, I treated approximately 30 of the 50 residents of the island.  The procedures included everything from simple fillings to dentures and oral surgery. I also provided advice following pathology discoveries.  Though the work was difficult due to limited supplies and unused dental chair and equipment, treating the residents was extremely rewarding. I was able to personally meet and interact individually with a large percentage of the population, including the Island’s president Shawn Christian.  I also tried my best to demonstrate simple dental procedures to the Pitcairn physician so that he could perform these necessary procedures in the future. Also, we reviewed their dental equipment and supplies together, and then I helped him order the most important basic dental supplies for the clinic.  A few weeks after I returned, I received a heartwarming, sincere letter of gratitude from a Pitcairn Island business leader with an invitation to return. I hope to do so one of these years!

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