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Academy of General Dentistry, University of Pennsylvania provide free dental care

July 20, 2012

By Jean Williams

Philadelphia—Coinciding with its annual meeting, the Academy of General Dentistry, its foundation and volunteers provided treatment for 325 underserved patients on June 23 at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.

The patients were the beneficiaries of the AGD's third annual outreach project, “Nation of Smiles, One Smile at a Time.”

“This event in Philadelphia was our largest project to date,” said AGD President Jeffrey M. Cole. “The AGD is proud to have made a difference in the lives of those we treated that day.”

Volunteers, totaling 240 dentists, hygienists, assistants and dental students, performed 1,198 procedures. AGD estimates that the free care amounts to $149,477 in services, which breaks down to around $460 per patient who each received more than three procedures on average, according to AGD.

“Everyone at Penn was thrilled with the success of the AGD outreach event,” said Dr. Heywood Kotch, assistant dean of clinical operations at University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. ”The synergy between the Penn students, staff, faculty, AGD dentists and staff, and the patients was incredible and inspiring.”

Event sponsors included Hagan Benefits Inc., Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Patterson Dental, VELscope and others.