“Every tooth in a mans’ head is more valuable than a diamond” – Miguel De Cervantes, Don Quixote,1605.
The U.S. can boast to have the best dental care in the world, yet millions are not able to obtain this care. Individuals who are low-income, racial or ethnic minorities, older adults, those with special needs, or those that live in rural communities have a much more difficult time accessing dental care. Dental Decay is not only one of the most common diseases in the world it is also one of the most preventable. The issue of lack of dental care to those in need is growing exponentially, it is essential and a human right to avoid pain, infection, tooth loss, and other problems which can cause complications with other health issues a patient may be facing.
On February 23, 2014 Dr. Amy Nabi , of Dr. Amy’s Dental Office in Thousand Oaks Ca., in partnership with Dentistry From the Heart, a world wide non profit organization, hosted their very first Dentistry From the Heart event. On this day we were lucky enough to have Dr. Amy Nabi, Dr. Greg Urfrig a local Oral Surgeon, a hygenist, several Registered Dental Assistants, Dental Assistants, front office staff and non dental professional individuals from the community come together to offer a day of free dentistry for persons in the community that were in need of quality dental treatment.
We are pleased to announce that we were able to serve over 100 patients this day with services varying from dental exams, x-rays, cleanings, fillings, and extractions. The majority of people we saw were suffering from some form of periodontal disease with rampant caries. We definitely kept our hygienist busy this day.
With the decline of the economy in our community we have seen many patients who have lost their homes, jobs and in turn their health insurance. By embracing the spirit of giving we can make this a healthy and happy future for our communities.
We would like to give special thanks to the following:
- Dr. Amy Nabi of Dr. Amy’s Dental Office www.dramysdental.com
- Dr. Greg Urfrig of Agoura Hills Oral Surgery www.agourahillsoralsurgery.com
- Susan Suval Registered Dental Hygienist
- Christiane Craig RDA/OMSA/ Event organizer
- All of our dental and non dental volunteers
- Henry Schein for their supply donation
- Walmart for their monetary donation
- Costco who donated lunch to our staff of volunteers