Women who escape abusive situations have very little to http://www.smileusa.com/dental-implants/ smile about. But one dentist is trying to change that.
Dr. Tina Meisami, a Toronto-based dentist founded Project Restoring Smiles, a network of dentists that provide free dental treatment to survivors of domestic violence.
"As a woman, I felt as though I needed to stand up for their rights," Meisami told her alumni newspaper, University of Toronto News. "As a human being, I felt their pain. As a surgeon, I wanted to fix their oral and facial pain."
CTV News reports that Meisami started the program in 2011 on International Women's Day. Five years http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/dentistry.aspx ago, there were only five dentists involved. Today Meisami has grown her network to 18 dentists (including herself) who have treated 45 patients and provided more than $200,000 worth of free dental work.
"We wanted to do something within our own skills to help other women get out of the vicious cycle of abuse, neglect, poverty and their ramifications, such as poor oral and overall health," Meisami told City News