Comfort Dental will be hosting Care Day Saturday, December 24, 2010, offering free dental care to those in need. All Comfort Dental general dentistry …
Comfort Dental will be hosting Care Day Saturday, December 24, 2010, offering free dental care to those in need. All Comfort Dental general dentistry offices throughout nine states are participating including offices in Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas and Washington. Offices will be open on December 24th from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For locations see ComfortDental.com.
Beginning in Colorado in 1984, Comfort Dental has offered free dental care on Christmas Eve Day. Care Day was started 28 years ago as a way of improving accessibility to dental care. On Care Day, all services are free to anyone. Patients are helped on a first-come, first-served basis, receiving a variety of basic dental care from cleanings to extractions. More serious dental problems are handled on a case-by-base basis and at the discretion of the individual dentist. Nationally, approximately 250 Comfort Dental dentists and 1,300 staff members donate their time on Care Day.
Last year on Care Day, all Comfort Dental offices saw over 7,000 patients and gave away $2,000,000 in free dental services. This year, the need is likely to be bigger based on economic conditions. Since Care Day's beginnings in 1984, Comfort Dental has given away $11 million in dental services. In 2009, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter recognized Care Day.
President and Founder, Dr. Rick Kushner says, "We provide free dental care to help people. If someone has a bad tooth, hopefully we can make them feel better. For some people, including kids, Care Day might be the only time they see a dentist all year. We're dentists, so we give away dental services for the holidays. Care Day is one of the cornerstones of the company."
According to Dr. Neil Norton, Vice President, "Due to the tough economy, we anticipate a record
turn-out. In a typical year on Care Day, nationally we average 2,000-3,000 patients, but last year was more than 3,000, and this year may be even bigger. There are a lot of families out there who just can't afford dental care, and this is their only dental visit all year."