Colorado dentists keep promise
Grand Junction, Colo.—Last September, a unanimous decision was made.
|Team effort: Dr. Julie Gillis (third from left) and her team flash smiles on the second annual Free Dental Day in Grand Junction, Colo.|
Between the three offices, $71,829 in free dental care was performed on 130 patients, who began waiting in line at 3:30 a.m. the day prior to the event. The dentists, with the help of their staff, volunteers and sponsoring businesses, provided extractions, cleanings, X-rays, composite restorations, fluoride treatments, oral cancer evaluations, biopsies and periodontal surgeries.
“I love dentistry, and I wanted a way to give back to this community which has given me so much,” Dr. Gillis said.
“The patients were very appreciative, and we noted that a few who had received treatment in 2010 returned for additional treatment in 2011. Each patient also received oral hygiene instruction and a goodie bag filled with toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and lip balm. We hope that this will be an annual event.”