Sixty-eight Orlando-area people received free dental services from Lee Vista Dental on Saturday, July 21st as a part of Free Dentistry Day. Dr. Bruna Lounsberry, Dr. Michael Singh and team provided free oral health care to the community during Free Dentistry Day, a program initiated to provide dental care to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance.
The doctors and team members provided over $15,500 worth of dentistry, including free cleanings and extractions to local people throughout the day.
“We are very pleased with the success of this event,” said Dr. Lounsberry. “Unfortunately, many people do not see a dentist on a routine basis. We were honored to open our doors to those in our community and volunteer our time and resources to make sure they received the care they need and deserve.”
The team of Lee Vista Dental would like to thank all of the dedicated volunteers for joining the team and donating their services to help throughout the day.
One third of Americans are living without dental insurance and current economic conditions leave little room to afford dental procedures. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 108 million Americans are living without dental insurance. Without events like Free Dentistry Day, dental care simply isn’t an option for many uninsured people. Each year, thousands of patients are given free dental care, with millions of dollars in free dentistry provided by dentists and their teams at Free Dentistry Day events nationwide.
“We understand that many people in our community and across the nation haven’t been to the dentist for a long period of time. Some don’t understand the importance of dental health, but more often than not, they don’t have the financial means,” said Dr. Lounsberry.
“Dental health is a vital part of a person’s overall health,” said Dr. Singh. “Through this event, we hope to educate patients on the importance of dental health and encourage them to adopt an ongoing oral care regimen.”
There is increasing evidence that links oral health to overall health and well-being. The signs and symptoms of over 100 medical conditions, including diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Lou Gehrig’s disease and oral cancer may first be detected through traditional oral examinations.
“It’s very gratifying to see the impact that events like Free Dentistry Day can have on the life of a person. At the same time we’re changing their life, they’re changing ours,” said Dr. Lounsberry.