Giving back to local Arizona communities is an integral part of what our dentist do. Year after year, our member dentists generously give of their time, money, and resources to help Arizona’s children, elderly, and special needs residents. To these people in need, our dentists aren't just “doctors of oral health,” they truly are heroes. They relieve pain, restore confidence and self-esteem, and have help to rebuild the lives of Arizona’s most venerable residents.
In December of 2012, our Phoenix metro area members (Central Arizona Dental Society) formed a foundation that hosted the largest dental charitable event in the history of the state, called AzMOM. Held at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 300 dentists helped over 1,500 patients who were suffering from pain and infection. $1,280,000 in care was provided to Arizonans who were in desperate need of dental care.
What else do our dentists do for the community?
Special Olympics—helping Arizona’s special needs residents
Twice a year, local ADA member dentists volunteer to provide a dental screen for 500 Special Olympic athletes as part of the Annual Healthy Athletes Special Smiles program. The program focuses on improving the oral health of athletes at state sponsored Special Olympics Games.
Give Kids a Smile—helping Arizona’s children
Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) is an outreach that provides free dental care and education for underserved children here in Arizona (as part of a nationwide program). Underserved children receive free, comprehensive dental care, including examinations; professional cleanings; fluoride treatments; sealants; restorations; oral surgery; and x-rays.
Donated Dental Services—helping Arizona’s elderly residents
Hundreds of disabled and elderly citizens throughout Arizona have seriously-neglected dental problems. However, our member dentists routinely volunteer to provide comprehensive dental services at no charge to people of all ages who, because of a serious disability, advanced age, or medical problems, lack adequate income to pay for needed dental care and have no dental insurance.
Ask an Arizona Dentist—offering advice to all of Arizona’s residents
Partnering with KAET, our member dentists hosted an oral health public awareness television program and free advice hotline for Arizona residents. Entitled “Ask an Arizona Dentist,” our volunteer member dentists fielded hundreds of callers from all over Arizona who had questions and concerns about their oral health.
Collaboration with Arizona Legislators
Every year, local ADA member dentists work closely with Arizona Legislators to advocate for better dental services under AHCCCS, and to help improve the oral health for all Arizonans. During their Dental Day at the Capitol, our member dentists meet one-on-one with lawmakers on a wide variety of issues that deeply affect Arizona families.