Leading dental support organization (DSO) Pacific Dental Services (PDS®) will once again join forces with The Smile Generation® to launch the 10th annual Smile Generation Serve Day, an annual day of service and a nationwide campaign of giving that focuses on providing donated dentistry to underserved patients. On Saturday, August 15th, hundreds of PDS-supported dental practices and volunteers throughout the United States will provide thousands of patients with comprehensive oral health care, including cleanings, x-rays, scaling and root planing, restorations and extractions, if needed. Since its inception in 2011, more than 18,000 patients have received donated dentistry during Smile Generation Serve Day, totaling $32 million in oral health care.
“Service is at the heart of who we are as an organization,” said Kyle Guerin, Director, PDS Foundation and Corporate Social Responsibility. “Every day, the dentists supported by Pacific Dental Services answer the call to increase access to care for the patients in their communities.”
Many of the patients who will be treated during this year’s Smile Generation Serve Day event are affiliated with After Innocence, a non-profit organization that serves prison exonerees nationwide – many of whom were falsely imprisoned for decades.
Dental practices supported by PDS have always taken precautions to ensure patient safety. However, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, additional safety measures have been adopted to protect patients from the virus. In fact, dentists throughout the country have treated over half a million dental emergencies with no reports of COVID-19 infection traced to a dental practice, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In an effort to build public confidence about the safety of dental practices, PDS-supported clinicians and dentists across the country launched a new grassroots campaign, #DentalSAFETY. For more information about the #DentalSAFETY campaign, click HERE.
The primary purpose of Pacific Dental Services is to support great dentists so they 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.
The Smile Generation’s annual campaign also includes local service projects. For more information, 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 over 800 supported dental offices across the United States and plans to expand into several new markets. PDS supported dentists aim to be the provider of choice in all the markets they serve and to develop Patients for Life™.
For more information, visit us at http://www.pacificdentalservices.com