Category Archives: Community Outreach

Dentists asked to offer treatment on Veterans Day, beyond

Raleigh, N.C. — Dr. Anna Abernethy is still not sure how one of the patients she treated this year — a 52-year-old Army veteran — managed without teeth for nearly 40 years. “For some reason or another, he had all his teeth removed before he enlisted,” she said. “He didn’t know how to smile. He couldn’t chew solid… Read More »

Sign up GKAS program by Nov. 13 to receive product kits

Give Kids A Smile program coordinators should sign up their 2020 event between Oct. 1 and Nov. 13 to be eligible to receive donated product kits. Program coordinators can visit to sign up their programs for 2020 and check out resources. The website also includes the GKAS Toolbox for program planning guides, sample forms, letters and other… Read More »

Volunteer efforts shift after Hurricane Maria destruction

In September 2017, Hurricane Maria, a category 4 storm, hit the island of Puerto Rico. The destruction from the southeast to the northwest of the islands left thousands of homes and businesses damaged and without power for months. According to one source, the death toll, including indirect deaths from the storm, is now estimated to be 4,645, making… Read More »

Building Loyalty: Simple techniques to impress and retain patients

Believe it or not, patients don’t ask for much. Excellent service is such a rarity these days that the slightest uptick in attention will impress most people. For instance, if you ordered dinner at a restaurant and it seems like it is taking forever to get your food, a server who takes a minute to apologize for the… Read More »

Staying connected and helping level the playing field

Camaraderie and affinity can mean the difference between success and failure for some professionals, especially in careers in which representation of some groups has been sporadic or where staying connected in general may be challenging. Dr. Chithra Durgam, a dentist in private practice in North Bergen, N.J., has firsthand experience in closing such gaps through her 18 years… Read More »

10 Under 10: Dr. Antonina Capurro, expanding access to care in Nevada

As student focusing on pediatric emergency medicine, Dr. Antonina Capurro volunteered to work on a mobile clinic as a way of broadening her pre-med experience. She was tasked to oral hygiene instruction on a bus that served elementary school children in rural Nevada. What she found was disturbing: children who never had a toothbrush or had never brushed… Read More »