Serve Day 2011: Free Dental Work for People in Need*
On Saturday, August 13, 2011, over 140 Smile Generation approved dentist offices and 1200 volunteers served their communities by participating in the first ever Smile Gen Serve Day. The dental offices provided pro-bono treatment to those in need – about 450 fillings, 332 extractions, over 150 CEREC single day visit dental restorations, and hundreds of other periodontic treatments. The Smile Generation approved offices teamed up with local organizations such as churches, non-profits, women shelters, and youth centers. The community partners assisted in identifying individuals that were in need of basic dental care.
Promenade Dental Group in Sacramento, CA, for example partnered with the St. John’s Women’s Shelter. St. John’s Shelter Program for Women and Children in Sacramento is exclusively dedicated to supporting homeless women with children. On Saturday they saw 14 patients including 8 adults and 6 children from the shelter. At Rancho Cordova Dental Group and Orthodontics in Rancho Cordova,CA they treated 19 patients. Meg Blaksiton, Rancho Cordova Dental Group’s office manager, shared: “Our youngest patient was 1 year old and two patients were brought to tears over the treatment they received. They had never thought it possible and team Rancho is honored to have been part of Smile Gen Serve Day – such a wonderful event.” Meanwhile, Beach Dental Group in Huntington Beach partnered with Colette’s Children’s Home, which provides homeless single women and homeless mother with children a safe home and nurturing environment. They treated both women and children from Colette’s Home on Smile Gen Serve Day. In New Mexico, the entire staff of Albuquerque Modern Dentistry volunteered their time for Smile Gen Serve Day, treating people from the Albuquerque Rescue Mission. They also decided to make care baskets for the patients with “high need” items as listed on the mission’s website. Several Smile Generation-approved offices in Nevada including Ranch Plaza Dental Group, Montecito Town Center Dental Group, and Rocksprings Dental Group, among many others, saw many current patients in need, as well as partnered with the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, the Shade Tree and Communities in School of Southern Nevada. These are just a handful of the offices that participated in Smile Gen Serve Day.
“Smile Gen Serve Day is a day of giving back to our community, and that’s something that the Smile Generation is very passionate about,” said Smile Generation Founder Stephen Thorne. Nation-wide, patients received everything ranging from cleanings, exams, and x-rays to extractions scaling and root planning and restorations. The supplies for the treatments were generously donated by Henry Schein® Dental, Ivoclar Vivadent, and Vident. Also partnering with the Smile Generation on Smile Generation Serve Day is United Concordia Dental. “We are pleased to partner with Smile Generation on the first-ever Smile Generation Serve Day. Together, we are providing a variety of free dental services — from exams to cleanings, x-rays to oral hygiene instruction – to individuals with minimal or no insurance,” said Julia Mallory, community outreach representative for United Concordia Dental. Smile Generation approved offices are preferred providers for United Concordia Dental.
*Article originally posted on http://blog.smilegeneration.com>