News From Our Canton, Connecticut Cosmetic Dental Practice
Thank you Dr. Matt, Tina and Lauren for volunteering at the 2014 Mission of Mercy in Hartford this past Friday. Canton Valley Dental makes it a point to volunteer our time to help these patient who are in need of dental care. The two day clinic provides free dental care to the underserved and uninsured in Connecticut – those that would otherwise go without dental care. Oral health is inseparable from general health and can affect a person’s self-esteem, compromise their ability to work, attend school and lead a normal life. The Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach (CDFO) in collaboration with the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) held the state’s first Mission of Mercy project in 2008. Every year, the Connecticut Mission of Mercy project is held in a different location throughout the state. We at Canton Valley Dental enjoy helping in the community and plan to continue to volunteer our time at events like this.
In honor of Children’s Dental Health Month, which occurs every February, Canton Valley Dental visited Cherry Brook Primary School on February 26th to educate the students on the importance of good oral health and homecare. The presentation addressed approximately 500 children from Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classes. Dr. Matthew Keefe, DMD, and Melissa Porter (Registered Dental Hygienist) helped students “brush up” on their tooth care knowledge and homecare practices. They emphasized the importance of proper nutrition and its role in good oral health, while showing the children proper home care techniques. Each child received a “goodie bag.” A letter was emailed home letting parents know what was presented and asking them to discuss what was learned with their children to further promote better homecare practices. Canton Valley Dental’s goal is to assist the community in achieving a healthy, confident smile. We believe educating the children of our community is the best place to start. Encouraging proper tooth care habits in children significantly increases the chance for a healthy mouth as an adult.
On February 7th we have signed up to join the many dentists that participate in Give Kids a Smile Day. We will be providing free dental services ranging from cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings and extractions to local low income families that cannot afford dental care on their own.
We have contacted the local Farmington Valley School Systems, local churches, food banks, Gifts of Love and Social Services to ask their assistance in offering this service to the families that truly need the help. Canton Valley Dental specifically looks to help children, who may not otherwise see a dentist, receive the dental care they need.
Parents of children in need looking for a Give Kids A Smile® event may contact Canton Valley Dental to schedule an appointment at 860-693-0887.
Canton Valley Dental closed the end of 2013 with a lot of great community service.
We had a successful food and coat drive. We received 37 coats that were donated to Best Cleaners who cleans them, free of charge, and sends them to be distributed to local needy families
For Christmas our office honored Newtown by performing 26 acts of kindness. We are doing 6 acts of kindness as an office and 20 as individuals. The food and coat drive were two acts of kindness and below is the third act of kindness that we as an office are doing together:
We are reaching out to a child who has faced a life threatening illness. He has been granted a wish from the “Make a Wish Foundation.” Because he had wanted braces, he thought of using his wish to complete his orthodontics. We are going to do his ortho treatment for him, free of charge, so he can use his wish on something MUCH more FUN!