Gifting Smiles to Brighten Lives

Faces are the most visible portions of human identities. They’re how we think of ourselves, how others recognize us. Facial harmony and beauty play a very vital role in the emotional well being of mankind. Facial appearance plays a vital role in human social relationships and affects the level of self-confidence and enthusiasm in individuals. However, not all people are blessed with a beautiful face or a smile and these unfortunate people find their appearance a barrier in communicating whole-heartedly. There are thousands of people afflicted by dental and facial deformities in our own state, most of them belonging to the economically backward classes, who are unable to get proper treatment done, due to their financial constraints. Though the possibility of altering one’s face and thus one’s identity so radically – a science fiction plot device made real – may seem an impossible proposition beyond the wildest of imagination, with the advancements made in medical and dental sciences, it has become a reality today.  
Dentofacial Esthetic Centre (DEC) - Saraf Hospital, in association with the Rotary Club of Cochin Midtown has formulated a plan to help the few who have been afflicted by such problems.  The DEC is aimed at attending to the deformity/disfigurement problems of the face and teeth. The center will be addressing all problems affecting the appearance of the face in general - ranging from defective teeth, mis-aligned teeth, small moles and pigmentations on the face to complex dental and facial deformities and defects. We have also made provisions to treat the poor and needy sections of the population who cannot afford the required treatment procedures, which very often include complex facial surgical procedures. The Center has been registered as a charitable trust. We have already conducted a program “Beautiful Face”, a charitable project. Now, in association with Rotary Club of Cochin Midtown, DEC has launched the Gifting Smiles Project to offer financial assistance to the needy who are unable to afford the high treatment costs for dentofacial deformities.

DEC will be conducting screening camps of patients on all Saturdays from 9.30AM to 1PM to select patients who are eligible to receive the financial assistance. All patients who wish to register for the screening camp are requested to contact the co-ordinator at Saraf Hospital, Dr. Maya - 9446610206. For more info, please contact Dr. Prasanth Pillai, Secretary, DEC - 9446610205 / Dr. Sekhar Warrier, President, Rotary Club of Cochin Midtown - 9995999969.
The team of doctors involved in the project include: 
1. Prof. Dr. Varghese Mani - Maxillofacial Surgeon
2. Dr. Prasanth Pillai - Maxillofacial Surgeon
3. Dr. Prasanth Panicker - Maxillofacial Surgeon
4. Dr. Jose Tharayil - Plastic Surgeon
5. Dr. Anil Kumar Saraf - ENT Surgeon
6. Dr. Narayan Naik - Anesthesiologist
7. Dr. Varghese Mathew - Dermatologist
8. Dr. Anand V. - Orthodontist
9. Dr. Sanu Tom - Orthodontist
10. Dr. Rupesh P.L. - Prosthodontist
11. Dr. Madhu H. - Endodontist
12. Dr. Pradeep U. - Endodontist
13. Dr. Sibi Chennankara - Periodontist
14. Dr. Anjana G. - Pedodontist
15. Dr. Sreeja Prasanth - Dental Surgeon
16. Dr. Maya Binu - Dental Surgeon
17. Dr. Midhun Madhavan - Dental Surgeon
The Rotarians who are in charge of the project are:
1. Rtn. George Kutty K. - President, Rotary Club of Cochin Midtown
2. Rtn. Viju Abraham - Secretary, Rotary Club of Cochin Midtown
3. Rtn. Dr. Sekhar Warrier - Imm. Past President, Rotary Club of Cochin Midtown
4. Rtn. Meena Mathew, Project Chairman
5. Rtn. Dr. Sunil Mathew
6. Rtn. Dr. Rupesh P.L.
7. Rtn. Dr. Radhika Warrier
8. Rtn. Meera Kumar
9. Rtn. Sona Sreeprasad
10. Rtn. Rajiv R.
11. Rtn. Dr. Prasanth Pillai
12. Rtn. James Kalassery
13. Rtn. K. Kumar

This DEC project along with the Rotary Club of Cochin Midtown, was initiated by Dr. Sekhar Warrier, the President of Rotary Club of Cochin Midtown, during the Rotary year 2009-2010

Several drug companies have come forward and are willing to assist by providing free medicines. Several diagnostic laboratories have come forward and are willing to provide their services at a nominal cost. 
The slogan of the Gifting Smiles Project is :
A project to add life to years of unfortunate few…
To allow them to live with dignity and confidence…

The DEC has already conducted and will be conducting various continuing education programs for doctors to enable them to keep themselves updated with the latest in facial plastic, reconstructive and maxillofacial treatment. The proceedings from such workshops will go towards the dental and facial deformity correction treatment of the socio-economically backward patients. The expenses, which might be incurred in treatment of patients, can vary from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 1,50,000 - or even more per patient, as many of them require complex surgical procedures involving use of surgical implants and such other accessories.
The DEC proposes to start the screening camps for the Gifting Smiles Project on 17th. April, Saturday at Saraf Hospital. The screening will continue for three consecutive Saturdays - ie 24th. April, 1st. May and 8th. May. Timings: 10am to 1pm.  For more information, you may visit .
         Kochi                                                                                          Dr. K.S. Prasanth Pillai
       13th. April 2010                                                                         Secretary cum Treasurer, DEC
                                                                                           Ph: 9446610205; Email: