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Published on: 08/29/2013

6th Annual Love Thy Neighbor Dental Mission Day Held in Drumright



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Photo: Lori Todd, LPN - Nursing instructor at Central Technology Center with her volunteer students at 2013 Love Thy Neighbor Dental Mission Day at Drumright Dental Center.
Saturday August 24, 2013 the team arrived at Drumright Dental Center. The first patient was seen at 7:00 am and the last patient of the day checked in at 7:00 pm. "It was a long day, but to volunteer my time to help all those people out of pain and to have a nice smile again was definitely worth it" said Misty Lord, Dental Assistant from Ponca City, OK

No time clocks were punched as 7 dentists, 5 hygienists, 9 dental assistants, 5 members of the business team and 12 Central Tech nursing students gathered on Saturday for the 6th Annual Love Thy Neighbor Dental Mission Day. Lunch was provided by Naifeh's and friends from Oak Grove Baptist Church. Massages for the team were provided by Amanda Levis.

The team was assisted by volunteers from D-Dent, inc, International Dental Arts and the Mobile Dental office from the Oklahoma Dental Foundation. This year the above mentioned agencies collaborated to expand the services offered to the patients receiving free dental care. D-Dent contributed funds to pay for dentures and partials and IDA manufactured and delivered the products. Thirty five patients (of the 90 seen on Saturday) received full mouth extractions and left with beautiful new smiles.

Shirley Harris, Executive Director of D-Dent explained "We are honored to have partnered with such great organizations: Drumright Dental Center, MobileSmiles Oklahoma, International Dental Arts and yours truly, D-DENT. It is always a pleasure to work with people with similar goals to improve the oral health of Oklahomans in need."

Approximately $320,000 worth of dentistry was donated on Saturday to the 90 patients who received treatment at the 2013 Love Thy Neighbor Dental Mission event. The annual event was started in 2008 by hygienist, Cynthia Bassham, who recognized a need and asked the doctors to participate. In the six years since the inception of Love Thy Neighbor, over 1 million dollars in dentistry has been donated and over 500 local people have been served.

"I am proud of our team" said Dr. Burkett, owner of Drumright Dental Center, "we are already making plans for next year!"