Dentists with a Heart keep community smiling
Oral health has a significant impact on a person’s overall health, self-confidence, and employability, and yet many people in the community have no insurance to pay for dental care. Thanks to many volunteer dentists working with the Knox County Dental Program, 50 patients received much needed dental services. These procedures relieve patients from extreme pain and infection, improve their nutrition, and cosmetically enhance their job opportunities, significantly impacting their overall health and ability to work.
On Oct. 12, 11 dentists and about 25 hygienists, assistants, and receptionists volunteered and saw more than 50 Knox County Dental Program patients for restorative care and extractions. Participating dentists in Dentists with a Heart included Dr. William Barbour, Dr. Amy Campbell, Dr. Deborah Endl, Dr. Michael Hersom, Dr. Jeffrey Jordan, Dr. Kingsley, Dr. Norman Medina, Dr. David Pier, Dr. Greg Sarka, Dr. Lawrence Singer, and Dr. David Theriault. In total, they donated services valued at more than $36,000.
Participating offices saw a significant number of patients in severe need of dental care, and in many cases their entire staff volunteered to make it happen. Local business, Mason’s Creations in Thomaston, helped the Knox County Health Clinic say thank you by donating cupcakes for each of the dental offices.
The Dental Program is part of the Knox County Health Clinic nonprofit that offers low-cost medical, dental, prescription assistance, and mental health services to Knox County, Waldoboro and Lincolnville. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to the Knox County Health Clinic, 22 White St., Rockland ME 04841. All services are by appointment, for more information on the clinic please call 594-6996 or visit knoxclinic.org.