Saturday, September 18, 2010
Today I participated in 'Dentistry From The Heart' at work, treating patients for free, who needed extractions, cleanings and fillings. My boss, Dr. Bob, brought this program to Western New York this year for his four dental offices, and is hoping to make it an annual event. It was a fantastic experience for me, and it was a nice way to give back to the underserved members of the community. I think I saw a dozen patients or so (who were very appreciative of the services provided), and I made some new friends in the process!
Although the office was very busy, the staff members really meshed well as a team, keeping things running smoothly and organized.
Dentistry From The Heart is a national non-profit organization with a simple mission – making people smile. Founded in 2001 by Dr Vincent Monticciolo in New Port Richey, Florida, DFTH was created to aid those in need, including the growing population of under-insured Americans. Over 100 million Americans lack dental insurance and over 29 percent of adults have untreated cavities. Without events like DFTH, dental care simply isn't an option for many of the uninsured. To date, DFTH has helped more than 25,000 patients and provided over $5.5 million in dental care.
Here is the website of the group I'm proud to work for (it contains more info on Dentistry From the Heart): http://www.qualitycaredentistry.com/