Smiles from the Heart treats more than 130 pa­tients

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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.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

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.

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