Day of Giving 2019 in Blytheville, AR

On December 6th, 2019, Smile Salvation Foundation hosted its 2nd Day of Giving event at Higginbotham Family Dental in Blytheville, AR. The event provided free dental extractions and was open to the public regardless of their ability to pay.

 

Volunteers from Higginbotham Family Dental, including three dentists, two registered dental hygienists, six dental assistants and a dozen other staff, came together in order to help people in the Blytheville, AR area during the holiday season.

 

The Day of Giving volunteers were able to see a total of 56 patients and provided dental treatment valued at $26,782.40 at no charge to them.

 

All the patients treated expressed their gratitude and thanks for an organization’s compassion to help them during this time of year. One patient exclaimed that they had been in pain for 6 months and no one had been able to help them, while another said they would have a much better Christmas thanks to this service.

 

The Smile Salvation Foundation and its Corporate Sponsor, Higginbotham Family Dental, were happy to make a difference in the patient’s lives this holiday season. Dr. Todd Higginbotham stated, “I love it here, I love the people here. This is where I started my very first practice and Blytheville will always have a special place in my heart.”

 

Many community partners came together to make Day of Giving possible including Drs. Kyle and Kass Lomax of Southern Pharmacy, who provided free medications for the patients, Pizza Hut of Blytheville for sponsoring lunch, and the Arkansas BCBS Blue and You Foundation with a grant to fund supplies and Henry Schein who donated additional supplies.

 

Smile Salvation is a 501(3)c Non-Profit Foundation created in 2010 by Dr. Todd Higginbotham and Executive Director Lai Ferrell.  Smile Salvation’s mission is to provide dental healing and restoration through dental screenings, dental treatment and oral health education to the underserved and uninsured populations of Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri. 

Day of Giving 2018 in Little Rock, AR

On December 17th, 2018, Smile Salvation Foundation hosted its first “Day of Giving” in conjunction with their dental partner Higginbotham Family Dental, at the Little Rock location from 9am-4pm. The Day of Giving consisted of FREE TOOTH EXTRACTIONS to the first 100 patients. We saw everyone regardless of their ability to pay, with or without dental insurance coverage. Patients had be 21 or over and bring a photo ID to be eligible to be seen.

 

It was a one day only event that was based on a first-come, first-serve basis. The volunteer dental staff, including dentists, hygienists, and assistants, were provided by Higginbotham Family Dental.

 

The Pharmacy at Wellington had graciously donated all the antibiotics and ibuprofen that were dispensed that day. The UAMS College of Pharmacy were on-site to dispense the medications and offer consultations regarding prescription instructions.

 

We wanted everyone to be able to have an enjoyable holiday season and we know that tooth pain can be a great hindrance. We hope that through the Day of Giving Program, we enable more people to have not only a happier holiday, but a healthier one as well. 

Additional Facts

  • We were able to see 56 patients

  • Extract 130 teeth valued at $21,449.40 for free

Restrictions For Future Days of Giving

Extractions may not be performed on patients if:

  • A Medical Release is required before treatment. 

  • A tooth has an infection or abscessed.

  • An extraction has to be referred to an oral surgeon.

  • Other restrictions may apply.

Future dates and locations  will be announced via our Facebook page and our website.

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