Giving Back to our Community
Service to the community and support of worthy charitable causes are part of our core values, and are an integral part of our dental practice. Take a moment to learn about the organizations we feel are making a real difference in our community, and how we’ve been able to facilitate the work of these outstanding causes.
Click on the name of each organization to visit their website and learn more!
DDS, a program operated by the National Foundation of Dentistry of the Handicapped which is a charitable affiliate of the American Dental Association. The DDS coordinator screens potential patients for eligibility. Patients must be elderly, disabled, or medically compromised without the financial resources to pay for needed treatment. Typically a DDS dentist will accept one patient per year under this program. The dentistry we provide this patient is usually extensive full mouth restoration. It is definitely one of the most rewarding programs we belong to because these patients are so grateful for the help in giving them back their smile.
A residential, free-of-charge, biblically-based program that provides hope and healing to desperate young women who are seeking freedom from life-controlling issues such as physical and sexual abuse, sex trafficking, eating disorders, self-harm, drug & alcohol addictions, depression and unplanned pregnancy. Our office is a financial sponsor of “Run For Mercy,” their annual fundraiser. In addition to contributing as a sponsor, our office takes part in the Run! Family and friends sponsor our team through their financial contributions to Mercy. It’s a fabulous rewarding, and FUN team effort for everyone on our staff!
GraceWorks Ministries is a local charity that has been helping those in need in Franklin and other Nashville, TN communities since 1995. Their services supply those in need with items such as food, clothes, medications, funds to meet other expenses and disaster relief services.
In May of 2014, our office launched an online crowdfunding campaign to raise $5,000 for GraceWorks. We also provided dental rewards, such as a coupon for $50 off future dental services (with $25 donation), to all those who donated. We succeeded not only in meeting, but surpassing our goal by raising a total of $5,800 for GraceWorks! We were thrilled to present the check on August 6, 2014. The crowdfunding campaign offered a great opportunity for us to work together with our patients and raise funds to help the local community.
A nationwide program, operated by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Our office serves as one of the collection sites where both patients and people from the community can donate new toys from November to the middle of December. The U.S. Marine Corps then picks them up and delivers them to the less fortunate youngsters right here in our community, allowing them to experience the joy of Christmas.
The Brown Center for Autism is a non-profit organization in Tennessee that helps children up to 6 years of age with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 2013 marked the 4th annual Race Across the Spectrum, a 5k benefitting children impacted by Autism in Middle Tennessee. We had the pleasure of participating in this event for the first time this year and are inspired by the great work The Brown Center for Autism does for children.
Our office hosts a blood drive once a year to help this most worthy organization. In the words of the American Red Cross, “The need is constant, the gratification is instant. Give blood.”
A volunteer organization that provides civilians in our community a way to express their respect and appreciation to the men and women of the U.S. Military. The program our office supports is the Halloween Candy Buy Back Program. We collect unopened, donated candy from children and adults for 4 days after Halloween. We then pay the children bringing in donated candy one dollar per pound of candy, up to five dollars per child. At the end of the fourth day, the candy is boxed up and shipped to a warehouse in California, where volunteers assemble care packages for our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. To learn more, click on the letter, or visit the Operation Gratitude website.
An educational program for young men and women, sponsored by The Boy Scouts of America. We provide small group sessions in our office with students who have expressed an interest in Dentistry. We explain the many facets of the profession, and the diverse range of job opportunities that are available in the dental field. We take a lot of time with the students, going through each phase of a visit from hygiene to explaining different restorative procedures. Each student is given the chance to do real hands-on activities, which makes the whole experience so much more interesting. We truly enjoy the interaction with these kids, and the enthusiastic interest they always show!
One person dies each hour of each day from oral cancer in the United States, but a simple, three-minute oral exam could save a life. Approximately 37,000 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year, which includes mouth cancer, tongue cancer and throat cancer. When found early, there is an 80 to 90 percent survival rate. However, due to a lack of public awareness, the majority of cases are found as late-stage cancers, and those can be killers.
We help bring a voice to these important facts each spring by participating in the the Boot Scootin’ for Oral Cancer Awareness Walk at Centennial Park. The annual event, held by the Nashville Area Dental Hygienists’ Society, in association with the Oral Cancer Foundation, includes free oral cancer screenings, presentations from oral cancer survivors, music, a silent auction and raffle, and face painting for the kids. The Oral Cancer Foundation is a national public service, non-profit entity designed to reduce suffering and save lives through prevention, education, research, advocacy, and support activities.
The mission of this Nashville dental clinic is to restore, protect and improve the oral health of uninsured, low-income, working people, their children and the elderly through access to affordable quality dental care, oral disease prevention services and oral health education. We support this wonderful organization by donating supplies and participating in their two yearly fundraiser.
This program was developed to address a need in the communities of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) members. Volunteer dentists and laboratory technicians agree to restore the broken and damaged teeth of survivors of domestic violence. Survivors know that bruises and scars will fade but broken and missing teeth will not. Through this project, we help erase the memories of abuse by restoring the smiles at no cost to the survivors, thereby helping to restore their lives.