Renowned New Jersey dentist, Dr. Avi Weisfogel believes every child deserves to smile, and that is why he supports Operation Smile. The not-for-profit, worldwide program supports free treatment of cleft lip and palate. Weisfogel, also known as the founder of Dental Sleep Masters, launched a GoFundMe page to assists doctors and patients abroad in their quest to offer free medical care.
Overseas, the term “cleft lip” or cleft palate is typically used rather negatively and is often discriminatory. It’s a common congenital malformation that leaves part of the lip and mouth undeveloped. The cause is due mainly to hereditary and some external factors, like smoking and alcohol abuse. Doctors have also pointed out environmental hazards like dioxins can cause a cleft lip, jaw or palate deformity. This gap in the lip can cause problems with feeding, Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases, not to mention a lack of acceptance in the community. But these families lack money. Each year, teams of doctors and assistants travel overseas to work on this project. Weisfogel says he is committed to helping with the oral and maxillofacial surgery and improvement of aesthetics for these patients. This is why he launched his GoFundMe page.
As a dentist, Dr. Avi Weisfogel is educated in mouth malformations, and dedicated to helping the less fortunate. A native of New Jersey, he graduated from Rutgers University with his undergrad degree in biology, and then attended New York University College of Dentistry, receiving his D.D.S. He went into private practice in 1999, opening the Old Bridge Dental Care in New Jersey.
He has instructed numerous doctors and dental affiliations, nationwide, on analyzing and treating sleep apnea patients. He has also presented numerous abstracts on sleep disturbances, and advocates for more inclusive research on the topic. Avi Weisfogel is extremely passionate and has a strong interest in global dentistry, and equal access to care.
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