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$1M in dental care provided at South Carolina event

September 10, 2015

Day of access: More than 1,500 patients were served during a Dental Access Days event Aug. 21-22 in Greenville, S.C. Photo by Jana Candler Photography
Greenville, S.C. – Dental teams and other volunteers provided an estimated $1 million in dental services to more than 1,500 patients during the seventh annual Dental Access Days event Aug. 21-22.
Hosted by the South Carolina Dental Association and sponsored by Delta Dental, more than 200 clinical volunteers provided X-rays, professional cleanings, extractions and restorative care over 26 hours at the TD Convention Center.
Patients also received tips for establishing and maintaining a healthy mouth, along with complimentary dental supplies.
"Once again, the impact of Dental Access Days has exceeded our expectations," said Phil Latham, SCDA executive director. "Each year, we are reminded that this event is about much more than the number of people treated. It is so fulfilling to be able to make a difference for those without access to dental care, whether that is easing their pain or giving them newfound confidence to smile."
More than 400 nonclinical volunteers, many of whom are members of a local church, helped register and escort patients during the day. Many local businesses and dental companies helped sponsor the event with funding and equipment.
"We were happy to lend our support as the lead sponsor of Dental Access Days again this year," said Spann Laffitte, vice president of sales and account management for Delta Dental. "As a nonprofit organization, our company has a social mission to improve oral health in the communities we serve, and this year's event once again reminded us of the importance of helping our fellow citizens receive access to these critical dental services."
Including this year, Dental Access Days has provided more than 10,000 adults with over $6 million in free dental care since the event's inception in 2009, according to a press release.