Day of free dentistry brings smiles to Centreville
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.
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.