Lake Oconee Dentistry will be hosting Stars, Stripes and Smiles, a free day of dentistry for active and retired military, as well as law enforcement, firefighters, DNR and EMS personnel on Friday, Oct. 30.
Drs. David and Patti Bradley, Dr. Shelly Pound, Dr. Andrea Feldman and Dr. Don Hudson, as well as Lake Oconee Dentistry hygienists, dental assistants and other team members, will provide event attendees with their choice of a free extraction, filling or cleaning that day. Dr. David Miller, an oral surgeon and owner of Lake Oconee Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, will also be donating his time, along with his team, in order to help as many people as possible.
Of the 21 million veterans in the United States, fewer than 10 million are enrolled for US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health benefits, and more than 1.2 million lack health insurance altogether. This gap is even more pronounced when it comes to dental care because the VA only provides dental benefits to veterans classified as disabled or as a prisoner of war — or as veterans who have a service-connected dental condition.
This year, the practice is once again expanding the event to include the hometown heroes — law enforcement, firefighters, DNR and EMS personnel — who work daily to keep our local communities safe.
"Oftentimes those who serve our country and communities are, unfortunately, among the most under-served when it comes to healthcare,” said Dr. David Bradley. “Stars, Stripes and Smiles is our way of honoring those who have given — and continue to give — so much to ensure our safety and make this country what it is today.”
Lake Oconee Dentistry has implemented several additional precautions to help ensure the health and safety of patients and team members during the current pandemic, including:
•Curbside patient check-in to minimize contact with others
•Pre-screening of every patient, including a health questionnaire and non-touch temperature screenings
•Face masks for all patients not in a treatment room
•Face masks for all team members
•Socially-distanced waiting area
•Additional personal protection equipment for all clinical team members
•Stand-alone air scrubbers in each treatment room to reduce the likelihood of airborne virus transmission
There are also several steps the practice has taken “behind the scenes,” including:
•Daily health assessments of all team members, including temperature checks
•Enhanced cleaning protocols in common areas
•Utilizing aerosol minimizers during treatment to reduce likelihood of airborne virus transmission
•Investment in portable, commercial-grade UV-C germicidal lights and disinfection lamps to safely sterilize rooms and instruments without the use of additional harsh chemicals
If you are a veteran or hometown hero and are interested in receiving free dental treatment on Oct. 30, please call the office at 706-453-1333 for an appointment time. Lake Oconee Dentistry is located off Highway 44 in Greensboro, between the Publix parking lot and the movie theater.