Peninsula dentist Ken Stones works on a patient during a recent trip to Cambodia with the Semiahmoo Dental Outreach Team.

Peninsula dentists brighten smiles in Cambodia

A volunteer team of Semiahmoo Peninsula dentists and dental hygienists spent a week in Cambodia last month.

Peninsula dentist Ken Stones logged his sixth trip with the Semiahmoo Dental Outreach Team this spring, returning last month after a week volunteering in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

“We worked for five days non-stop, with five dental chairs going,” Stones said by email, estimating the team saw about 50 patients each day.

Stones has been conducting such outreach since 1994.

Last November, he travelled with the team – 29 volunteers, including five dentists – to the island of Siquijor, in the Philippines. Over the course of 10 days, they treated more than 600 patients, most of them children.

The team is booked to return to the Philippines for the fourth time this fall; they did similar work in Vietnam a year ago.

Stones, who also plays a key role in White Rock’s free dental clinic, was recognized for the work at the BC College of Dentistry’s annual convention, held in March.

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