Day of free den­tistry brings smiles to Centreville

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — Soist­man Fam­ily Den­tistry hosted the sec­ond an­nual Centreville Smiles Day with free den­tal ser­vices on Satur­day, Oct. 14. Staff and vol­un­teers were able to com­plete 86 ap­point­ments in just eight hours, said Laura Liv­ingston, mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor.

The first pa­tient ar­rived to wait on line at 4:30 a.m., Liv­ingston said, and avail­able ap­point­ment slots were nearly filled by noon, eas­ily sur­pass­ing the to­tals from last year’s event. In all, 38 hy­giene ap­point­ments were filled and 48 pro­duc­tion, mean­ing ei­ther an ex­trac­tion or fill­ing, were com­pleted. Liv­ingston said peo­ple trav­eled from Mary­land, Delaware, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and Penn­syl­va­nia to re­ceive care.

We could not have done this with­out the sup­port of the com­mu­nity, said Liv­ingston, not­ing the many part­ners that do­nated food, ma­te­ri­als, and fi­nan­cial sup­port, and the 26 vol­un­teers who ac­tively par­tic­i­pated dur­ing Satur­day’s den­tal out­reach day.

There are of­ten bar­ri­ers to re­ceiv­ing den­tal care, she said. On Satur­day, with Penn­syl­va­nia Av­enue be­ing re­cently closed as part of the town’s on­go­ing con­struc­tion, that bar­rier was ev­i­dent in a very phys­i­cal way, quipped Liv­ingston. None­the­less, she said, peo­ple were able to find ad­e­quate park­ing and make their way into the den­tal of­fice.

“It is such bless­ing to be a part of com­mu­nity and be able to give back,” she said.

PHO­TOS BY HAN­NAH COMBS

Pa­tients wait­ing to par­tic­i­pate in Soist­man Fam­ily Den­tistry’s Centreville Smiles pro­gram take their place in line in the early morn­ing, Satur­day, Oct. 14.

The staff and vol­un­teers of Soist­man Fam­ily Den­tistry’s an­nual out­reach day, aptly named Centreville Smiles, gather for a group photo be­fore get­ting started early Satur­day morn­ing.

As­sis­tant Kat­lyn Cronshaw, left, and Dr. Jo­nan­than Soist­man dis­cuss a den­tal care plan with their pa­tient.

Hy­gien­ists Ch­eryl Schrader and Cathy God­frey pro­vide den­tal ser­vices to a pa­tient for Centreville Smiles Day of Den­tistry, Oct. 14, 2017.

Soist­man Fam­ily Den­tistry dis­plays in the wait­ing room a board thank­ing the many part­ners that con­trib­uted to mak­ing Centreville Smiles suc­cess­ful.

Den­tal as­sis­tant Joel Nave, left, and Dr. Jared Nave, DDS, per­form a den­tal ser­vice for one of the many pa­tients par­tic­i­pat­ing in Centreville Smiles.

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