I would like to personally thank our US veterans and all the volunteers that helped make our 7th annual free dental day a success. On Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, my team and several local volunteers and dentists provided dental care to over 50 veterans. It was a rewarding and fun day for everyone. We donated over $19,500 in much needed dental care to local veterans.
Most of our veterans had not had dental care in many years since the VA provides medical care but no dental care. We saw several patients that were in pain and had dental infection with broken and decayed teeth. We provided multiple services including extractions, fillings, cleanings, oral cancer screenings and denture repairs. Some of the veterans have come to our event every year since we started and it is always very nice to see them. All the veterans were very appreciative.
I would like to thank many people for making the day a success: First, my office manager, Rebecca, organized the event and my entire office team worked throughout the year for the event and volunteered their day to help. Next, Dr. Clarisa Oliveira and Dr. Kathryn Jones volunteered their time and expertise to treat our veterans. Project Access provided free health screenings. Students from Ross Education assisted. Kokomo Endodontics and Kokomo Implant and Oral Surgery provided root canals and extractions for several veterans. IU dental student, Heather Swinson, shadowed and learned valuable skills.
In addition, local businesses provided food and gifts for the veterans. Thank you to Rabb Water Systems, American Party-Time, Coca-Cola, Coffee Junkies, Harvey Hinklemeyers, McAlister’s Deli, Half Moon, I Hop, Texas Roadhouse, Cracker Barrel, McDonald’s at Alto, Culver’s, Adam’s Auto, Cone Palace, Howard Print Shop, The Uniform Shop, and Gorman and Bunch Orthodontics.
It was our pleasure to help so many.
Melissa A Jarrell, DDS
Family and Cosmetic Dentistry of Kokomo