Free Oral Health Care Day for Adults in Need
By Amy Morgan
We’ve all felt the pinch in our pocketbook this past year, with prices from gas to groceries rising faster than we can keep up. Many parents put their health and wellness on the back burner to make sure their children are taken care of.
The professionals at 7to7 Dental & Orthodontics are keenly aware that many adults are sacrificing their dental care when money gets tight. They created a day to give back called Dental Hope that provides much needed teeth cleanings, fillings and extractions at no cost to adults
once a year in February. This Saturday, Feb. 17, marks the eleventh time the practice will hold this all-hands-on-deck event at their Braun Road 7to7 Dental office located at 10103 W. Loop 1604 N. Most of 7to7 Dental’s more than 34 doctors and 250 staff members will participate in some way to make sure 175 patients get the oral health care they need. By the end of the day, 7to7 Dental’s professionals will have performed hundreds of dental procedures on patients continually rotating through the office’s 23 chairs.
“We have a heart for our patients and want to give back to the community that has supported us for the past 16 years,” said 7to7 Dental Co-Owner Justin Coke. “Over the years we would treat patients with needs as the ability rose, but we decided it would be good to set aside a day to serve in a more mindful way,” agreed practice Co-Owner Tiffany Winburn, D.M.D.
People look forward to this event every year – sometimes even sleeping in their cars in the parking lot to make sure they are one of the first in line when the office doors open at 7 a.m., said Director of Marketing Travis DeZuba.
“It’s our favorite day of the year as we help people smile again,” Travis said. “Some are in pain because of neglected dental work but can’t afford the extractions or fillings they need.”
Dental Hope could not take place without the help of partners and supporters from the community, Travis added. 7to7 Dental has recruited professional peers, dental supply companies and local businesses to donate goods and time to each patient. Sponsors include
Mia’s Mexican Grill, Summer Moon Coffee, Halftime (Formerly Big’s) Convenience Stores, Bilia Eatery, ASC Promotions, CareCredit, Sunbit, Little Caesars Alamo Ranch, The Cottage, Crazy Snacks, Monarch Trophy Studio, Darby Dental, Nestle, and Colgate. High Def Communications and DJ Stash are on hand to keep the waiting room upbeat, Travis added. You can check 7to7 Dental’s website and social media pages to find shout-outs and thanks to all whose contributions make Dental Hope possible.
“Dental Hope strikes a chord in our hearts,” Justin said. “We love what we do and love helping people. Dental Hope takes away all the barriers like finances and paperwork that
are the most frustrating and allows us to just help people.”