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Successful "Dentists with a Heart Day" Event Assisted Area Citizens

Several groups worked together for the benefit of Mesquite and east Dallas area community members in need at a special "Dentists with a Heart Day" on February 15th. The event occurred at the Mesquite offices of Dr. Byron McKnight and Dr. Ken Taylor, who donated their services and facility for the day, and at the Mission East Dallas Clinic, which is a local indigent care facility. . Also involved were dentists Dr. Richard Lepard, Dr. Nathan Hodges, and Dr. Sloan Hildebrand, a Baylor Dental senior student and oral surgery resident provided by the Baylor College of Dentistry, four hygienists, and 30 volunteers.

Shown is the group of volunteers who served patients in the 2014 Dentists with a Heart Day effort.

Coming together for the event were Mission East Dallas, the Dallas County Dental Society, and volunteer staff from around the metroplex. Precision Prosthetics, a lab out of Denton, was onsite to do partials, dentures, and other prosthetic services. In addition, teeth were cleaned, filled, and extracted for patients. The dentists and hygienists working at the event also provided dental education and hygiene instructions to the patients in attendance.

Also participating with volunteers or supporting the event through donating funds to underwrite the costs of supplies and lab fees was the Mesquite Rotary Club. The Mesquite Panera Bread and Chick-fil-a restaurants donated meals to support the dental personnel and volunteers.

In a very successful effort, this team served 50 patients, providing them with life-changing care through free dental services that would normally have been worth a total of $40,000. The patients were clients of the Dallas Christian Women's Job Corps, the Dallas International Street Church and Ministries, the Family Place, Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church, and Mission East Dallas.


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