AVDS Cares 2016

ANNAPOLIS VALLEY DENTISTS WORK TOGETHER TO PROVIDE FREE CARE

On a rainy Saturday, October 29, 2016, over 40 volunteers gathered to provide much-needed dental care to patients for whom the cost of treatment had created an insurmountable barrier.

The “AVDS Cares” event was initiated by Sandy MacDonald who works in the Wolfville branch of Henry Schein (a dental supply company). Sandy wanted to develop a project that could take advantage of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, which encourages employees to give back to the communities in which they work. Working with a small group of local dentists over the last 7 months, his idea became a reality! Henry Schein provided equipment, dental supplies, and volunteers for the event.

By the end of the day, 11 dentists and over 30 support staff from Henry Schein and dental offices throughout the Valley had provided almost $12,000.00 worth of free dental care! Dental teams saw 18 patients in total, and provided 40 fillings, 42 extractions, and 2 root canals.

While some may argue more patients could have been seen, organizers felt it was important to offer more care to a fewer number of patients for this initial “trial run”. This meant that the day ran smoothly with no patients turned away or waiting in long line-ups. Patients were selected and pre-screened through the Fundy Dental Community Project, a new initiative that aims to provide reduced-cost dental care to low-income patients in need.

The hope is that this can become a semi-annual event, with the next date tentatively planned for April, which is Oral Health Month.  See our photo gallery from this event.

For more information about the “AVDS Cares” project, please contact Dr. Erin Hennessy at (902) 542-3386 or at drhennessy@ns.aliantzinc.ca.

For more information about the “Fundy Dental Community Project” please contact Dr. Scott Schofield at fundycommunity@bellaliant.com or visit their website at
www.fundydental.com/community

 

Dentists Involved in the October 2016 Event:

Drs. Erin Hennessy, Sara Moore, Wolfville (Dr Hennessy and Associates Family Dentistry, 902-542-3386)

Drs. Scott Schofield, Leanne Easson, Berwick (AppleTown Dental Centre, 902-538-9065)

Drs. Elizabeth Jackson, Grainne O’Malley, Kentville (Cornwallis Dental Centre, 902-678-1818)

Dr. Carrie Terry, Wolfville (Dr Carrie Terry Family Dentistry, 902-542-3826)

Dr. Peter Bagnell, New Minas (New Minas Dental Centre, 902-681-3368)

Dr. Doug Mackey, Coldbrook (Alliance Dental, 902-679-1449)

Dr. David Ingham, Kentville (Kentville Dental Centre, 902-678-6033)

Dr. April Nason, Coldbrook (Fundy Dental Centre, 902-681-9111)