AACDer, Phillip Kemp and volunteers, provide free dental services through Hope Smiles
On December 10, Hope Smiles, a nonprofit group founded by AACD member Dr. Phillip Kemp, along with Dr. Johnny Miller from the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, offered a day of dentistry to the Preston Taylor Community in Nashville, TN. The free dental clinic on Saturday at Preston Taylor Ministries was an impactful day for the patients and volunteers as well.
The event was held in conjunction with Cross Point Church’s Twelve Days of Service. Dental care was provided to the residents of Lighthouse Mission Ministries (men’s faith-based recovery support program) and Mending Hearts (women’s recovery support program), and to the families of Preston Taylor Ministries (providing after-school care and tutoring).
The priority was given to those with urgent care and pain management needs, and the Hope Smiles team also provided general oral health education for those who are waiting for service. The team saw 31 patients and provided 68 procedures: 23 extractions, 31 fillings, and 14 cleanings. "We did not have an empty chair throughout the day and did not turn anyone away!" said Karen Hunter-Lowery, Hope Smiles' development director.
A difference was made in the lives of everyone that came through the doors on Saturday! More photos available here.
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