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Instruments for Change: A ProDentUSA Recycling Initiative

At ProDentUSA, we love the earth and everyone on it. That’s why we’ve created a recycling program to donate instruments to organizations and dentists around the globe who provide free dental care to communities in need.

Here’s what we do:

Along with donating new instruments, we repair old, used instruments to make them good as new.  We then donate these instruments to practitioners and organizations that deliver smiles to communities in need. 

For instruments that cannot be salvaged, we donate the steel back to the medical industry, so the metal can be reworked to make new instruments.

  

You can help!

You can be a part of our Instruments for Change Initiative. Send us any seven hand instruments to receive one ProDentUSA hand instrument free:

1. Print and complete an Instruments for Change form:  Specify at the bottom of the form which hand instrument you would like for free.

2. Sterilize and pack your items:  All instruments must be sterilized in order to be recycled.

3. Ship the package:  Send the instruments to our headquarters in East Brunswick, New Jersey.

Once we receive your package, we will send out your free instrument right away.

We have been honored to be able to donate instruments to organizations and dentists around the world to help them provide free dental care to those in need.

One such dentist is Dr. Dori Columbus from New Hampshire. Dr. Columbus and her team visited some of the most remote villages in Uganda to bring smiles to communities with very few basic resources, let alone dental healthcare. They set up a dental clinic near Kisubi Hospital in Wakiso District, Uganda, and in just three days, they saw upwards of 120 patients who required either extractions, fillings, or other more specific treatments for which they were referred to specialists. The team then spent a fourth day providing free dental care at Kankobe Children’s Home orphanage, where they treated 133 children.

Dr. Dori and her team faced many challenges ranging from outdated machinery to lack of resources. But despite these challenges, with their dedication and generosity, they were able to provide dental care to children and patients who had never before seen a dentist. Our instruments were able to change the lives of the small community in Wakiso District, and in the words of Father Peter who helped facilitate the project, “They are very very grateful, and so am I.”

Together, we can close the gap in dental healthcare and spread smiles, one instrument at a time.