One Person Can Make a Difference: Dr. Avi Weisfogel and Operation Smile

Dr. Avi Weisfogel is an individual who understands that a single person can make a difference in the world. Dr. Avi Weisfogel has always had a passion for helping others, which led him to become a dentist, obtaining his Doctor of Dental Surgery from New York University College of Dentistry. He sees his profession as an opportunity to help and educate individuals in need of dental care. Recently, this passion has led him to support the international medical charity Operation Smile.

Dr. Weisfogel founded his dental practice, Old Bridge Dental Care in New Jersey, in 1999, and quickly became a valued medical provider in the area. Shortly thereafter, he began to research how dental care can help individuals suffering from sleep disorders. Dr. Weisfogel now owns Dental Sleep Masters in New Jersey where he continues to study the overlap between dentistry and sleep disorders. He uses his knowledge in this area to educate other medical professionals so that they may better care for their patients. Dr. Weisfogel, however, is not content only helping people near him; he also wants to help those in need worldwide. Out of his desire to help others, Dr. Weisfogel has launched a GoFundMe campaign to support the works of Operation Smile in an effort to help individuals with dental issues around the world who do not have access to adequate treatment and health care.

Operation Smile is a non-profit organization that provides corrective surgery and care for those born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. Cleft lip and cleft palate is a birth defect that affects billions of children worldwide. According to the organization’s website, about one child in every 500-750 is born with this medical issue. It is possible that, without correction, a cleft can cause dental problems, ear infections possibly resulting in hearing loss, and malnutrition possibly leading to starvation. Many of those affected by a cleft lip or cleft palate are poor and do not have access to adequate surgical care. Operation Smile uses medical staff volunteers and charitable donations to provide care to patients across the globe. By supporting this organization, Dr. Weisfogel is working to give these patients a chance at a better life.

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