Smiles from the Heart treats more than 130 patients
CHESTER — More than 130 people received free dental care during the third annual Smiles from the Heart day of free dentistry at Eastern Shore Dental Care (formerly Billings & Murphy), in Kent Towne Market, Saturday, April 16. The event provided free services to individuals without dental insurance.
Seven dentists, seven hygienists and more than two dozen other employees and volunteers treated patients, age 16 and older, throughout the day. The line began forming about 4 a.m. and stretched all the way to the hardware store by the time the office opened at 8 a.m. All patients had X-rays taken and were given extractions, fillings, or a hygiene cleaning.
This year, Eastern Shore Dental Care worked on patients until just after 5 p.m. to make sure everyone who waited in line was able to receive treatment. In addition to their own staff, volunteers also included visiting doctors, including Dr. David Billings of Owings, MD, Dr. Michael Billings of Edgewater and Dr. Dennis Cherry of Severna Park, who were on hand for the cause.
“To use our abilities and profession to help people just makes you feel great,” said practice co-owner Dr. Scott Billings. “I’m so proud of the people who were here all day, volunteering their time with such an amazing energy and a deep compassion for ever y single patient who walked in the door. (My partner) Dr. (Christopher) Murphy and I are so fortunate to have such a committed team of professionals working beside us each and every day.”
Since 2014, Eastern Shore Dental Care has treated more than 360 individuals during the all-day event at no cost to the patient. For more information about the practice and future Smiles from the Heart events, visit www.easternshoredentalcare.
Here are just a few of the volunteers who worked Saturday, April 16, during the third annual Smiles From the Heart free dental care event, hosted at Eastern Shore Dental Care. From left, Lisa Domotor, Dr. Scott Billings, Kerry Weber, Lacey Nichols, Debbie Billings and Arlette Cross. Many other volunteers joined in, including dentists from Annapolis. The service provided free cleanings, X-rays, fillings and extractions. The line to receive free services began forming at 4 a.m.