Smile Generation Offices Provide Free Dental Work to People in Need

On Saturday, August 13, 2011, over 140 Smile Generation approved dentist offices and 1200 volunteers served their communities by participating in the first ever Smile Gen Serve Day. The dental offices provided pro-bono treatment to those in need – about 450 fillings, 332 extractions, over 150 CEREC single day visit dental restorations, and hundreds of other periodontic treatments. The Smile Generation approved offices teamed up with local organizations such as churches, non-profits, women shelters, and youth centers. The community partners assisted in identifying individuals that were in need of basic dental care.

Promenade Dental Group in Sacramento, CA, for example partnered with the St. John’s Women’s Shelter. St. John’s Shelter Program for Women and Children in Sacramento is exclusively dedicated to supporting homeless women with children. On Saturday they saw 14 patients including 8 adults and 6 children from the shelter. At Rancho Cordova Dental Group and Orthodontics in Rancho Cordova,CA they treated 19 patients. Meg Blaksiton, Rancho Cordova Dental Group’s office manager, shared: “Our youngest patient was 1 year old and two patients were brought to tears over the treatment they received. They had never thought it possible and team Rancho is honored to have been part of Smile Gen Serve Day – such a wonderful event.” Meanwhile, Beach Dental Group in Huntington Beach partnered with Colette’s Children’s Home, which provides homeless single women and homeless mother with children a safe home and nurturing environment. They treated both women and children from Colette’s Home on Smile Gen Serve Day. In New Mexico, the entire staff of Albuquerque Modern Dentistry volunteered their time for Smile Gen Serve Day, treating people from the Albuquerque Rescue Mission. They also decided to make care baskets for the patients with “high need” items as listed on the mission’s website. Several Smile Generation-approved offices in Nevada including Ranch Plaza Dental Group, Montecito Town Center Dental Group, and Rocksprings Dental Group, among many others, saw many current patients in need, as well as partnered with the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, the Shade Tree and Communities in School of Southern Nevada. These are just a handful of the offices that participated in Smile Gen Serve Day.

“Smile Gen Serve Day is a day of giving back to our community, and that’s something that the Smile Generation is very passionate about,” said Smile Generation Founder Stephen Thorne. Nation-wide, patients received everything ranging from cleanings, exams, and x-rays to extractions scaling and root planning and restorations. The supplies for the treatments were generously donated by Henry Schein® Dental, Ivoclar Vivadent, and Vident. Also partnering with the Smile Generation on Smile Generation Serve Day is United Concordia Dental. “We are pleased to partner with Smile Generation on the first-ever Smile Generation Serve Day. Together, we are providing a variety of free dental services — from exams to cleanings, x-rays to oral hygiene instruction – to individuals with minimal or no insurance,” said Julia Mallory, community outreach representative for United Concordia Dental. Smile Generation approved offices are preferred providers for United Concordia Dental.

About the Smile Generation®
Smile Generation is a referral service for best-in-class dentists committed to modern dentistry and patients’ happiness. The Smile Generation connects patients with great dentists dedicated to delivering on the Right Fit promise: providing an exceptional patient experience and advanced clinical care. The Smile Generation family is made up of over 250 local dental offices throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.

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6 Responses to “Smile Generation Offices Provide Free Dental Work to People in Need”

  1. A few years ago I went to Clairemont Smiles Dentistry. The dentist found Periodontal disease that needed a very expensive treatment that i could not afford. My income is only $880 per month.
    He put me on a list for the “Service Day” which was to be within a year. I would check in every few months.. After a year had gone by the Dental office told me they were not going to have a “Service Day”. I was very disappointed that they did not notify me so i could look for other options. I still really need the treatment!
    Does anyone know of other dental assistance in San Diego? Thank You

    • Hello Eileen,

      Smile Generation®-trusted dental offices like Clairemont Smiles Dentistry often work with local community partners to serve patients in need. We apologize that they didn’t notify you of their change in plans. If such an event is scheduled in your local area the near future, we will share your request with a local Smile Generation-trusted office. There is no guarantee of appointment availability, as space is often quite limited.

      If your dental care needs are urgent, there may be other resources available to you; including, but not limited to: local dental schools and/or community clinics. You may also contact your local dental society for listings of community outreach events, which may offer the care you need. One such resource for more information is: http://www.cda.org/PublicResources/LowCostDentalServices.aspx

      Thank you for reaching out.

  2. August 31,2014. Got the information pertaining to the no cost periodontal work made available through Smile Generation and it raised my hopes greatly. I am a 65 yr. old man on social security disability with diabetes and have lost the use of my dentures and am no longer able to maintain any semblance of a proper diet. I’m also having increased pain in my gums. I have had receding gums for several years but my financial situation did not allow me to obtain periodontal help. I will continue to seek help on my own but any information you could supply me would be sincerely appreciated. Thank you for your time in reading my reply and God bless you for the help you’ve been able to give other’s in need. Sincerely yours, Daniel Reedy.

    • Hi Daniel,

      Thank you for contacting The Smile Generation®. Oral health care is very important to overall health and well-being. We understand this type of care is not always readily accessible to everyone. Smile Generation-trusted dental offices attempt to help bridge gaps for those in need by donating dentistry through local community events and clinics whenever possible.However, due to the large volume of requests received, Smile Generation-trusted offices unfortunately cannot accept cases brought through alternative channels. We thank you for choosing The Smile Generation to be your trusted dental resource. *Please note that The Smile Generation does not have any relationship with the identified resources and is not responsible for any interactions that you may have with them. Thank you.

  3. Totally agree! Women’s shelters don’t get enough help with anything, let alone dental care. Good on them!

  4. Wow that was really nice of the dentist firm to step and help a lot of people in the Sacramento Area and help people in need of Dental exams and also extractions. That was very thoughtful of them.