Nicole’s Notes: Free dental care, from the heartMarch 12th, 2014 at 11:46 pm by Nicole Livas under 10 On Your Side, Health, News, Personalities, Uncategorized
UPDATE : Racheal Judy emailed me today and said they broke a record over the weekend. The patient you see in this picture below is Melissa. She is thanking Dr. Tim Johnston, owner of Norge Dental Center, for saving 3 teeth that she would’ve lost in the next 6 months if she hadn’t gotten the proper care.
In the third year of the Dentistry From The Heart program, Judy wrote:
* 257 patients were seen
* over $100,000 of free dental work was provided completely for FREE
* 913 dental services were performed (including exams, cleanings, fillings, etc)
* First patient arrived at 12:10 am to get in line.
* Event was supposed to end at 5:00 pm, but dentists stayed until 8:30 pm to make sure no one was turned away.
Look at these pictures.
What a way to start your new week – with a big healthy smile!
There’s nothing like a clean fresh mouth! Some folks are scared to visit the dentist, but I just love how my teeth feel and look after my appointments. I realize everyone doesn’t have dental benefits or enough money to get the recommended cleanings and exams twice a year- and any other dental work that’s needed. And it can get expensive!
There’s a local group of dentists and volunteers working to make sure anyone who needs, can get dental care. The Norge Dental Center in Williamsburg is hosting its free Dentistry From The Heart event on Saturday, March 22 at its offices on Richmond Road from 8:00 am until 4:00pm. Fillings, extractions, or cleanings will be performed for those 18 and older who can’t get dental care elsewhere. Registration starts at 7:30 am. Patients should arrive early and be dressed for a long wait in line. Also bring chairs, blankets, snacks and water. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Rachael Judy from Norge Dental reached out to me a couple of years ago about this event and she’s been following up ever since. She emailed me this after the clinic last year, “Our very first patient came at 10:20 pm the night before, and slept there to receive care! His name is William and he drove from Gates County, NC. He and a few others camped outside. We served over 200 patients with free dental care! James was our patient who traveled the longest distance……He traveled from New Jersey to receive care. We were able to save a tooth he would’ve lost had he waited much longer.”
Judy said they had over a dozen dentists volunteer their time. They came from their own practices to help their four Norge Dental Center dentists serve more people. For more information, visit their website or call (757) 941-7682.
We’d love to hear from you after your visit. Post your comments and share some pictures with me on Facebook.