Over 2,000 patients nationwide received oral health care on Saturday, August 21st
IRVINE, CALIF. September 1, 2021 – Leading dental support organization Pacific Dental Services® (PDS), joined forces with Smile Generation to launch the 11th annual Smile Generation Serve Day, an annual day of service and nationwide campaign of giving that focuses on providing donated dentistry to underserved patients and community service. On Saturday, August 21st, more than 660 PDS-supported dental practices and volunteers throughout the United States provided over 2,000 patients with more than $4 million of oral health care, including some life changing procedures such as CEREC® same-day crowns, implants, root canals, oral surgery, and scaling and root planning, taking care of the patients’ overall dental care needs. Since its inception in 2011, more than 21,000 patients have received donated dentistry during Smile Generation Serve Day, totaling more than $39 million in oral health care.
“Service is at the core of who we are as an organization,” said Stephen E. Thorne IV, Founder and CEO of PDS, which supports over 825 dental practices in 24 states. “Participating in the act of service changes our hearts and minds about what matters most in life. Our success enables us to create opportunities to serve through improving oral health care locally, nationally and internationally. We’re humbled to be able to provide donated dentistry each year to thousands of people in need during Smile Generation Serve Day.”
Many of the patients treated during this year’s Smile Generation Serve Day event are U.S. military veterans or are affiliated with non-profit organizations like After Innocence. “After Innocence provides free post-release support to exonerees across the country, many of whom who have serious dental problems arising from years of inadequate care while in prison, and a general lack of good, affordable care since being released,” said Jon Eldan, Executive Director of After Innocence. “Smile Generation Serve Day is a game-changer for dozens of our exoneree-clients. Welcoming our exoneree clients into Smile Generation-trusted offices for pro bono services helps these deserving individuals take an important step in rebuilding their lives after wrongful convictions.”
To view a video featuring Mr. Thorne highlighting the importance of this annual event for Pacific Dental Services and its team members, please click here.
Since its inception in 1994, PDS has been committed to fostering a culture of Clinicians Leading Clinicians in Clinical Excellence®. Its primary purpose is to provide support so that clinicians can focus on providing oral health care to their patients to keep them healthier and happier. This includes educating patients about the link between oral health and whole-body health – what PDS and its supported practices call the Mouth-Body Connection®. Research shows that harmful bacteria and inflammation in the mouth can indicate and even cause systemic conditions throughout the body. Maladies of the mouth, including periodontal disease, may be linked with other medical conditions including oral cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and more.
For more on Smile Generation’s culture of service, please click here.
About Pacific Dental Services®
Founded in 1994, Pacific Dental Services (PDS) is one of the country’s leading dental support organizations, providing supported autonomy that enables dentists to concentrate on clinical excellence and the highest levels of cost-effective comprehensive patient care. PDS originated the Private Practice+® model to enable dentists to focus on their passion: serving patients. PDS also pioneered the concept of Modern Dentistry so that dentists are equipped to combine advances in the latest technology with the best operational practices and procedures, highly skilled support staff and a commitment to ongoing training and education. PDS continues to grow, with more than 800 supported dental offices across the United States. PDS has been on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America 14 times. PDS supported dentists aim to be the provider of choice in all the markets they serve and to develop Patients for Life™.
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About Smile Generation®
Smile Generation connects patients to Smile Generation-trusted dentists who are dedicated to providing an exceptional patient experience and advanced clinical care. Smile Generation also provides financial choices for patients and education about the connection between oral health and overall health. The Smile Generation network spans 800 dental offices in 25 states. Smile Generation-trusted offices are supported by Pacific Dental Services®.
For more information, visit us at www.smilegeneration.com