Thanks to the following individuals, companies and organizations for their sponsorship and/or support of the
2014 Texas Mission of Mercy & Give Kids A Smile-Houston!
|ALONTI CAFE||EVENTSPHERE||KROGER||SAN JOSE DENTAL CLINIC|
AMERICAN STUDENT DENTAL ASSOCIATION,
|DR. KIM K. FORREST / FORREST ORTHODONTICS||MAESTRO SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS||STAR OF HOPE WOMEN’S SHELTER|
|DR. MAURICIO ARGUELLO||
FRENCH CORNER BAKERY
|DR. MICHAEL L. MIZELL||DR. DEBRA G. STEWART, MR. DON TAMPLEN|
|DR. AUDREY M. BOUTROS||FROST BANK||MUTUAL OF OMAHA BANK||SUSMAN FAMILY FOUNDATION|
|BURKHART DENTAL SUPPLY||DR. AND MRS. LESLIE FULLERTON||DR. GREGORY K. OELFKE||TOMAGWA HEALTH CARE MINISTERIES|
|DR. RITA M. CAMMARATA||GREATER HOUSTON DENTAL ALLIANCE||OPEN DOOR MISSION||THE GREEN TREE FUND|
|CHICK-FIL-A||GREATER HOUSTON DENTAL SOCIETY||PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA||THE NEHEMIAH CENTER|
|COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS-HOUSTON||DR. MARK P. HABLINSKI||DR. ZEB F. POINDEXTER||THE RUSK SCHOOL|
|DR. AMIRPARVIZ R. DAVOODY||DR. THOMAS C. HARRISON||PRECISION GRAPHICS CENTERS||THE WAGGONERS FOUNDATION|
|DENTAQUEST||HOUSTON ASIAN AMERICAN DENTAL SOCIETY||PROJECT SAVING SMILES||UT HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT HOUSTON|
DR. CARIN E. DOMANN & DR. ANGELA K. ORFANOS /
TOWN & COUNTRY ORTHODONTICS
|KANALY FAMILY FOUNDATION||RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF GREATER HOUSTON/GALVESTON, INC.||WELLS FARGO FOUNDATION|
|ECHOS-HOUSTON||KOLACHE FACTORY||DR. ANNA M. SALAS||DR. WILLIAM J. WINTERSTEEN|
2014 Houston TMOM and Give Kids A Smile
by Tommy Harrison, DDS, MBA
The Texas Dental Association (TDA) Smiles Foundation holds Texas Missions of Mercy (TMOM) several times a year at different locations. Since 2001, over 20,000 patients and $10,000,000.00 in dental treatment has been provided to needy patients at TMOMs across the state. Dean John A. Valenza, DDS said the idea to combine the TMOM with Give Kids A Smile dates back a couple of years and began when the TDA Smiles Foundation Board expressed interest in sponsoring a TMOM in Houston. Holding the two events together at the spacious new School of Dentistry made sense. Planning meetings began in December of 2012, and the two-day event came to fruition on Friday and Saturday, February 7 and 8. The final result was nearly 1,400 children and adults receiving free dental care at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health) School of Dentistry.
More than 700 volunteers participated, including general dentists, pediatric dentists, endodontists, oral surgeons, dental hygienists, dental assistants, current and future dental students and the faculty, staff and students of UT Health School of Dentistry. Major donors among the 35 overall who supported the TMOM included UT Health, Wells Fargo Foundation, GHDS, Dr. and Mrs. Fullerton and the Waggoner’s Foundation. In Houston, Give Kids a Smile is funded by the Susman Family Foundation. Many TMOM patients were prescreened at the San Jose Dental Clinic, Open Door Mission, TOMOGWA Health Care Ministries, Dr. Zeb Poindexter’s office and the Star of Hope Women’s Shelter and the Houston Asian American Dental Society. Many people simply showed up after hearing about the event on the news or from a friend or relative among prescreened patients. Give Kids A Smile patients were identified ahead of time through the San Jose Dental Clinic and Communities in Schools-Houston. The School of Dentistry sent its Ronald McDonald Care Mobile to Berry, Buffalo Creek, Cedar Brook and Holmquist elementary schools to prescreen as many children as possible. Most patients did not come alone, and it is estimated 3,000 people passed through the School of Dentistry and the Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center for the two-day event. Despite
the cold weather, patients lined up before dawn both days. University of Texas Police Department officers were on site by 4:30 a.m. and positioned staff throughout both buildings to ensure safety.
TDA Smiles Foundation holds TMOMs several times a year at different locations in the state. This was the first time a dental school has hosted the event. Nearly 14 months of preplanning went into organizing the dental events. School of Dentistry Community Outreach Director Margo Melchor, RDH, M.Ed., led the local community that planned and executed both events. Give Kids A Smile Co-Chairs were Laji James, DDS and Joanna Allaire, RDH. Greg Oelfke, DDS and Rita Cammarata, DDS, MS, served as dental co-chairs for the TMOM and Tommy Harrison, DDS, MBA, served as community chair. $624,913.00 worth of dental services was provided by the TMOM alone. Along with restorative dentistry and extractions, endo was completed on approximately 100 teeth, impacted wisdom teeth were extracted and 15 sets of removable partial dentures were delivered. The real success was the cooperation between organized dentistry and academia. The support and structure provided by the Greater Houston Dental Society (GHDS) staff, led by Executive Director Susan McKee must be recognized. Throughout the entire 14 months, GHDS presidents Dean Hutto, DDS and Randall Glenn, DDS provided support and energy to make the two-day event a success. Most rewarding of all was the gratitude shown by the patients as they had their dental treatment completed.
2014 Give Kids a Smile Day Houston
By Laji James, DDS and Jennifer Smith
Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. NCDHM messages and materials have reached millions of people in communities across the country.
The American Dental Association began the Give Kids A Smile program in 2003 as a way for dentists to join with others in the community to provide dental services to underserved children. The program initially began as a one-day event in February, but has since grown to local and national events year-round. Dentists and other team members volunteer their time and services to provide screenings, treatments and education to children throughout the United States.
The Greater Houston Dental Society (GHDS), The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston (UTSD), and San Jose Clinic co-sponsored, “Give Kids A Smile Day Houston,” on Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8 on the campus of the Dental School. Dental treatment and education was provided at no cost to approximately 348 uninsured and low income children and adolescents. Procedures such as oral exams, cleanings, sealants, radiographs, fillings, extractions, restorations, nerve treatments, and stainless steel crowns were conducted at a value of approximately $214,777 over the two-day event. This year, GKAS Day Houston was held at the same time and location as the Texas Mission of Mercy event.
The 2014 Give Kids a Smile Day Houston brought together dedicated dental professionals, health care providers and others to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and adults, caregivers, teachers, and many others. This particular Houston GKAS event was significant for many reasons. Primarily, the event allowed children with a pressing dental need to be treated free of charge in a state of the art facility by the some of the best dentists in the City of Houston. Also, even though Houston is a large metropolitan city, GKAS created an opportunity for collaboration of dental personnel from the private sector, the academic community, federal and state employees, and community clinics and volunteers. GKAS allowed all these individuals to work together to help some of the most vulnerable and needy in our city. Pediatric patients received dental screenings and x-rays throughout January, 2014.
Our appreciation goes out to all our community partners who assisted in the event’s success: San Jose Clinic, Communities In Schools-Houston, Houston Asian Dental Society, ECHOS-Houston, Tomawga Dental Clinic, The Nehemiah Center, Good Neighbor Healthcare Center, and The Rusk School. We are very appreciative of The Susman Family Foundation who provided financial support for GKAS Day Houston, whose support allows us the ability to hold the event each year. Funds designated for this event are a part of a larger donation to UTSD for dental care to underserved pediatric patients. Our thanks also goes to the community sponsor, Greater Houston Dental Alliance, who helped make this event possible.
Finally, a huge THANK YOU to the 364 volunteers, both clinical and administrative, who chose to donate both their time and talents to serving our youngest neighbors in our communities for this event. You have impacted their lives in a very special way, and this event could not have been accomplished without your involvement!