Dental Care Alliance-Affiliated Offices Collect Almost 14,000 Pounds of Candy for U.S. Troops
More than 100 dental offices collected candy after Halloween for military troops serving overseas.
SARASOTA, FL (November 15, 2017) – Thousands of American troops and first responders serving overseas are getting a sweet surprise thanks to the generosity of the patients and team members of Dental Care Alliance-affiliated offices. More than 100 dental offices collected 13,728 pounds of candy after Halloween to ship to the troops as part of Operation Gratitude.
In addition to providing American troops with a taste of home, the candy collection serves another purpose. It helps reduce the amount of candy being consumed by children in the days after Halloween. Plus, candy donors receive a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. It’s a win-win-win. The children are happy to help the troops, their parents are happy to have the candy out of the house, and the troops are happy to receive the care packages.
The DCA-affiliated dental offices participating in this year’s candy donation program included Huntington Family Dental Group and Long Wharf Dental in Connecticut; New Castle Dental Associates in Delaware; Advanced Dental Care, Dental Associates of Florida, Dental Specialty Centers of Florida, Main Street Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics, Mautner Dentistry, Oceans Dental Group, Rockledge Dental, and Towncare Dental offices in Florida; Hickory Flat Dental, Imagix Dental, and Johns Creek Dental in Georgia; Maple Shade Dental and The Foehr Group in Illinois; The Dental Center offices and Wadas Dental Centers in Indiana; Gentle Dental of Shelby Township in Michigan; College Park Dental, Dental One Associates, and Main Street Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics in Maryland; Baystate Dental in Massachusetts; Dental Arts of South Jersey, Dental Solutions, Diamond Spring Dental, and Garden State Dental in New Jersey; Dolson Avenue Dental, The Family Dental Group, Kids Family Dental, Ramapo Dental Care, and Saw Mill Dental in New York; Dental Solutions and Gentle Dental offices in Pennsylvania; and Dental Associates of Northern Virginia, Dental One Associates, Konikoff Dental Associates, Drs. Herrmann & Desio, and Smiles at Fairfax Corner in Virginia.
This is the fifth year that Dental Care Alliance has participated in Operation Gratitude. Altogether, the DCA team has donated 27,000 pounds of candy to our troops. It’s just one more way to help people smile.
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Founded in 1991, DCA is one of the largest multi-branded dental support organizations in the U.S. with more than 320 affiliated practices in 20 states. DCA-affiliated practices provide patients with a wide range of dental services including general dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, and periodontics. DCA provides dentists with clinical autonomy, career satisfaction, and growth opportunities by reducing day-to-day administrative responsibilities so they can focus on providing the best clinical care to each patient.
As a dentist that is actively engaged in entrepreneurship and leadership programs, I have seen many different businesses respond to this unprecedented crisis that we are all living through. DCA, thanks to its strong leadership, acted much more rapidly to COVID-19 than others and has continued to lead the way for affiliated offices more effectively than, in my opinion, any individual or group of dental practices.
Having a support center that is constantly evaluating the situation and guiding us how to respond and communicate to our teams has been key to navigating this crisis. I believe that, due to the immediate response and ongoing direction we are receiving from the support center, DCA offices will come out of this environment much stronger. From support on HR issues to working with clinical leadership to document the new PPE and infection control protocols that we will implement, the guidance from DCA has helped our office stay way ahead of the industry.
Additionally, knowing that the economic burdens that come with this type of event have been eased by DCA’s strong industry partnerships, breadth of knowledge and access to capital allow us to focus and respond as positively as possible to imminent situations, rather than react in ways that would not be beneficial for the long-term.