Sharing Healthy Smiles

July 25, 2012 12:45 pm Published by

Dr Kabir Virdi showing students how to brush their teeth.
Volunteer Dr. Mike examining a Joseph & Mary student.

Back in 2009, I had no idea a television appearance would lead to a team of doctors performing teeth cleanings in Tanzania. But it has.

I was blessed with the opportunity to appear on the Today Show three years ago and that’s how Dr. Kabir Virdi first heard about JBFC. Virdi was born in Nairobi, Kenya, but immigrated to Canada as a child. 

He’s often traveled back to Africa for summer visits with family. After seeing me on television, Virdi immediately became a supporter and he’s stayed in touch ever since.

In January, Virdi came to JBFC’s Tanzania campus to figure out how he could give the gift of dental health to our students. This summer he’s come back with a team of people to help. They brought toothbrushes for all of our students, plaque highlighters, which help children see how to brush correctly, worksheets, and other toys and games.

After spending a few days helping our students polish their pearly whites, Virdi is already talking about future trips to JBFC. He hopes to turn this into a yearly event providing fillings, fluoride treatments, and extractions along with boosting awareness in our community.

JBFC is so happy we have friends like Dr. Kabir Virdi, 
who are as passionate about helping children as we are. 

Chris Gates is the Founder & Executive Director of JBFC.

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