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With its quality of service and technology, the Health and Welfare Tourism Sector continues to seek international certifications that provide confidence not only to local patients but also to foreign patients as well.
It is why on February 02, 2017, San Lucas Dental Center ( SLDC) partnered up with the Tourism Commission of Health and Welfare of AGEXPORT, and received the International Accreditation of Acreditas Global, The international branch of the Accreditation Association for the Care of Ambulatory Health (AAAHC)
This is the 4th dental health service center that is accredited in Guatemala and the 1st. in the Department of Sacatepéquez, located in San Lucas, Sacatepéquez.

According to the coordinator for the Health and Welfare commission of AGEXPORT, Gianina Garcia “ It is a source of great pride, that more companies are acquiring this certification, which contributes to the strengthening of our industry nationally and internationally, it contributes in the development of job creation and the pursuit of specializations for our health professionals in the country.”
At the accreditation ceremony, the director for the Guatemalan National Institute of tourism(INGUAT) Jorge Mario Chacón highlighted the importance of companies such as the San Lucas Dental Center (SLDC)for their commitment to the constant improvement of their services and leading by example in raising the standard of care for similar Health Care Centers in the country. INGUAT definitely urges more Health Care providers in the industry to seek mechanisms for constant improvement and internationalization of their services so that with the support of INGUAT they can promote the industry internationally. As Mr Garcia states “With the work of companies such as SLDC and its founder Dr. Georgina Fonseca, we trust that other companies in the Dental Health Industry will continue to pursue constant development and improvement to be able to strengthen its position as a first-class health and wellness tourism destination.”
Source: Agexporthoy


ACREDITAS GLOBAL is an international health accreditation organization dedicated to helping hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, medical centers, dental care providers, emergency care centers and other health organizations achieve and commit to the highest standards,international services, security and patient care. Acreditas Global certifies this high level of achievement by granting accreditation.
Recently The San Lucas Dental Center(SDLC) was accredited by ACREDITAS GLOBAL, as a dental clinic that meets the strictest international standards of patient care, a source of pride and satisfaction and driving us to continue working for our patients.


What are dental implants and how do they work?

A dental implant is an artificial titanium root that is inserted into the jawbone to take the place of the missing tooth. After bone integration (when the bone has healed around the implant), the prosthesis (artificial tooth) can be placed over the implants.
Dental implants can be used in a variety of situations, whether you need to replace a single tooth or several teeth (crown or bridge). As anchor points, the implants can also securely hold a complete denture.

What benefits does an implant have?

Improve health and appearance: when teeth are missing, the surrounding bone begins to retract (bone loss), dental implants can help prevent the deterioration of the jawbone and thus your face maintains its natural shape.
As an alternative to bridges, dental implants eliminate the need to carve or abrade healthy teeth when one or more adjacent (neighboring) teeth are replaced.
Greater comfort: being firmly anchored, they do not slide or move. This eliminates some of the major problems of dentures including those with poor adaptation and irritation of the gums.
But most importantly, being fixed to the bone gives you the confidence to eat what you want, speak easily and clearly, as well as a new sense of security.

What does a dental implant procedure entail ?

The dental implant involves several stages that take place over a period ranging from four to nine months. The typical process includes:
Initial placement of the implant: this procedure is usually carried out in the dental clinic under local anesthesia or sedation, at this initial appointment the implant is placed in your jaw bone. During the next 4 or 6 months the bone will form around the surface of the implant setting it in its position. In some cases, a small additional surgery may be necessary after the healing period, to access the implants and condition the gum covering the implant.
Placement of the prosthesis ( Artificial tooth) on the implants: During this phase, the dentist will set,without pain, a prosthetic “stump” to the implant. An impression will be taken and shortly after, an artificial replacement tooth will be created to achieve a natural restoration.
Following a routine of oral hygiene and periodic reviews, dental implants can be a lasting solution.
Dr. Juan Sebastián Rodríguez
Master’s Degree in Prosthesis with Implants
International University of Catalonia (Spain)
Autonomous University of Mexico
Tel. (502) 5897 0000


The San Lucas Dental Center was initially simply known as the local Dental Clinic and was located in the San Lucas Sacatepéquez Shopping Center , where it operated for 2 years from 2004 to 2006 and then moved to the new Shopping Center that was inaugurated at that time in San Lucas Sacatepéquez: San Lucas Shopping Center.
At the very beginning in the new location, only general dentistry services were provided to treat the dental healthcare needs of the residents of the San Lucas and Surrounding areas.
Dr. Georgina Fonseca was the only dentist in the clinic and due to her great commitment to excellence, the number of patients increased over time.
There was one dental chair, and mostly services were provided to adults and seniors. Over time, the need to provide dental healthcare care for children was determined and Dr. Claudia Rodas, The current head of Pediatric dentistry at SLDC joined Dr. Fonseca’s team, Dr. Claudia Rodas has been an invaluable member of the team since 2009.


Growing Professional Team

Over the years, patients began to request Orthodontic services, so a third dental chair was added to the clinic to include the specialty of Orthodontics, which is how Dr. Betzy Portillo joined the team in 2013. From then on the team started expanding as the specialty of Endodontics was added to the services provided, adding Dr. Ivy Echeverria to the team,Dr. Héctor Torres for Maxillofacial surgery, Dr Sebastian Rodriguez , Prosthesis and implantology and Dr. Antonio Callejas for periodontics. These amazing specialists brought to reality the vision of a small dental clinic in San Lucas to offer the highest standards in patient care.

Facilities Expansion

In the year 2015, SLDC had the opportunity to carry out a remodeling and expansion of the dental clinic and this is how the official name of San Lucas dental Center (SLDC) came to be. Since then another chair was added and brought to the team Dr Cecilia Cabrera in the area of general dentistry.
As part of the expansion, an area exclusively for sterilization, laboratory and X-rays has been added.


Every year we strive to provide the best possible service to our patients and over the course of 12 years we have made it our mission to treat each patient with the utmost professionalism and Highest standard of care. We are eternally grateful for the trust and support from our San Lucas community and this is why as a way of giving back , we believe that revering and caring for our elderly is a priority.
Our center provides therefore free dental care to many charity organizations, such as “Golden years” one of the most important charity organizations for the elderly in San Lucas.
It is important for us to support institutions that need quality dental service, benefiting those who have the biggest need, as it is our wish to keep providing said support for the future.


Wisdom teeth?

The The wisdom teeth are the last molars to appear in our mouths, usually between 17 and 21 years old. When we do not have enough space in our mouth or when the teeth are twisted, they cause various problems that affect our dental health, requiring surgical removal which must be performed by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon requiring a clinical diagnosis and X-Ray imaging in addition to post-operative care for the patient.


These final molars can also cause facial pain and infections to other neighboring areas due to bacterial build up as a result of poor oral hygiene. When wisdom teeth do not come out some people may think that this is normal and not worry. However, these un erupted teeth can give rise to cysts or tumors that if not identified in time can produce more serious conditions.
This procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia or sedation that helps decrease sensitivity and prevent pain during surgery
There are several criteria to classify the wisdom tooth, stemming from previous Imaging studies, which consider, among many things, the following factors:

1. Position of the third molars relative to the axial axis of the second molars.
2. Distance between the second molar and the ascending branch of the lower jaw.
3. Relative depth of the grown third molar with the plane of occlusion.
4. Relation of the grown third molar with the dental canal or the maxillary sinus
5. Number, shape, fusion or dilaceration of the dental roots.

WINTER’S CLASSIFICATION. Consider the position of the third molars in relation to the axial axis of the second molars and classify them in:
A) Vertical type withholdings.
B) Horizontal type withholdings.
C) Mesioangular type withholdings:
D) Disto angular type withholdings.
E) Angular lobby type withholdings.
F) Angular line type withholdings.
O) Inverted type withholdings.
H) Twisted type withholdings.


The Baby teeth start coming out at around 6 months of age, during this stage several symptoms occur: drooling, fever, itching gums, diarrhea. To relieve this type of discomfort the use of teethers, carrot sticks or bread, massages on the gums with special balms, and painkillers in pediatric doses are recommended.

Oral hygiene

Oral hygiene in babies is recommended from birth, so they will get used to oral cleansing and subsequently the introduction to brushing will not be difficult. This should begin at 3 months of age with small massages in the gums, to remove milk residues and it can be done with: silicone or fabric thimbles, soft gauzes, clean diapers, cloth wipes, etc.

When the first teeth come out, oral hygiene begins with a brush and water. In the market there are several brands to choose from according to the age of the child.
The use of toothpaste with fluoride is recommended the moment the first teeth come out, it must be a paste of 1,000 ppm of fluorine and the amount of this must be minimal (one third of a rice), scraped on the brush. There are several brands in the market which your Pediatric Dentist will recommend depending on the needs of the youngest members of the household.
Between the ages of 24-36 months 20 teeth will have already come out that form the primary or temporary dentition ( Baby Teeth). Dental brushing should be done at least three times a day.
It is recommended that when the baby’s first tooth comes out (6 months) nighttime feeding is restricted (breastfeeding or bottle feeding) to avoid the onset of dental cavities, which is a multifactorial infectious disease that affects a great number of children.
Fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy products, are essential for the development and growth of children so it is important to have a balanced diet, recommended by the pediatrician depending on the nutritional requirements of each child. In order to prevent the onset of tooth decay from early childhood one should avoid excessive consumption of sugars: sweets, chocolates, cookies, artificial juices, added sugar to milk, etc.
It is very common for children between the ages of 6-24 months or more to sleep with their bottle, this is a habit usually used so that children can fall asleep, but it is vital that when the first teeth come out , children sleep with a clean mouth, otherwise the milk they ingest will remain circulating in the mouth for many hours and this will lead to the onset of cavities .
Therefore it is very important that the first visit to the Pediatric Dentist is when the first tooth comes out, which occurs around 6 months of age, so that the dental health provider can provide all advice on nutrition and oral hygiene for the baby.

Dr. Claudia J. Rodas F.
Pediatric dentist
University of Barcelona, Spain
San Lucas Shopping Center, Km.29.9 Carretera Interamericana, 2nd level
Tels. 4063-5851 / 4005-3818


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