Free day of den­tistry of­fered

Record Observer - - Community -

CH­ESTER — The doc­tors and staff at East­ern Shore Den­tal Care will host the third an­nual Smiles From the Heart, an event pro­vid­ing free den­tal care, on April 16 at the prac­tice in Kent Towne Mar­ket.

Nu­mer­ous den­tists, hy­gien­ists and of­fice staff are vol­un­teer­ing their time and ser­vices for the day­long event. They hope to treat the at least 100 pa­tients in the time al­lowed, ac­cord­ing to Kerry We­ber, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing for the of­fice.

A line is ex­pected to form about 7 a.m.; and treat­ment be­gins at 8. The Smiles From the Heart event is open to pa­tients age 16 and over and is lim­ited to one ser­vice per pa­tient. Pa­tients will re­ceive X-rays and an exam. They will be able to choose one of the fol­low­ing pro­ce­dures: clean­ing, ex­trac­tion or fil­ing.

The prac­tice has eight treat­ment chairs, and those chairs will be filled all day long, We­ber said.

This will be the third free day of den­tistry of­fered by the prac­tice, for­merly known as Billings & Mur­phy, DDS, which has been in busi­ness on the East­ern Shore for more than 30 years. In May 2014, of­fice held its first-ever free day of den­tistry as a way to give back to the com­mu­nity. The event was a huge suc­cess, with more than 100 pa­tients treated by the vol­un­teer doc­tors and hy­gien­ists.

As the num­ber of Ameri- cans with­out den­tal in­sur­ance con­tin­ues to grow, Dr. Scott H. Billings and Dr. Christo­pher K. Mur­phy, along with their col­leagues, rec­og­nize the need to con­tinue host­ing this event each year, We­ber said.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Dr. Scott Billings and his as­sis­tant Jo Darby talk with Tanya Robin­son of Gra­sonville about the work they did for her as part of the sec­ond an­nual Smiles from the Heart pro­gram in 2015. This year’s event is set for April 16.

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