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.
I am humbled this week at the care we have been able to provide to our communities in need as we remain open to emergencies during this crucial time. We are accepting every patient with an emergency that calls or knocks on our door.
I hear repeatedly from patients that they are struggling to find any open dental practice in our area, and can hear the relief in their voices when we tell them we can see them right away.
On Tuesday at ADC Clearwater, we started the day with three emergency patients scheduled – two with broken teeth and one who had fallen on her face and came in with a black eye and broken anterior teeth. We were happy to treat each of these patients with same day care, but before we knew it the phone was ringing off the hook with patients in pain.
As these patients began rolling into the office, I saw them in tears, rocking back and forth in the waiting room in agony — I provided Motrin tablets and water as they waited, and helped turn over rooms and seat patients. Dr. Emily Relkin and her assistant, Kim Ross, worked quickly and efficiently to help every patient I put on their schedule – back to back, they worked through their lunch without complaint.
After our fourth or fifth emergency checked out, thanking us profusely for being here, I felt myself become slightly emotional at the impact our teams that are still out there working and providing care are making on our patients’ lives.
In these hopeless times, we are staying focused and energized knowing we are doing our part to serve our communities.
We know we are not alone working tirelessly right now, and want to thank all of you that are still open and seeing patients — we are all comrades in this together!