I recently volunteered with the WOMEN’S VETERANS DAY event and helped some women get long overdue dental care. I had contacted some of our sales representatives and brought oral care supplies for the women to take as much as they liked home. After being in the military, these women were not greedy, and I had to urge them to take more supplies; after all, it was for them and FREE! I passed out my business cards to the women I had identified at the event as needing more in-depth periodontal treatment than we could provide that day. I identified about 8 women and 4 of them took me up on my offer and called my office.
One of the woman named Ida was so fearful at the dentist that her situation became highly infected. Her poor mouth really needed help. She came to my office and we did a total makeover with the help of Dr. Wax, a general dentist, to make her a really good appliance. Ida no longer has any fear of the dentist, instead, she proudly smiles and hugs the staff every time she comes into Loop Perio.
The Illinois Dental Society had put on a veteran’s event earlier last year. At the end of my day, my staff had left and the phone rang so I answered it. A gentleman asked if I was signed up for the event. I told him I hadn’t signed up because I had a prior obligation on the day of the event. He told me that he had scheduled an appointment to see a dentist in our building (which is filled with dental offices) and was calling every office to try to find out who he was supposed to see. Unfortunately, no office knew what he was talking about. I did, however, so I told him that even though I wasn’t formally doing the event, we would be happy to see him. I scheduled an appointment for him to come in. In wheels a happy man with an artificial leg. He parks his chair and walks into the operatory and proceeds to tell me his story. He had been to the VA, but they must not have had the ability to treat his advanced periodontal problems. This was another opportunity for community impact that could make a difference in someone’s life.
I did his treatment and then found a general dentist who volunteered to remake his partial denture for him for lab cost only. This man lost his leg fighting for our freedom so the LEAST we could do was to fix his dental problems for him! We thanked him for his service, and he thanked us for ours!