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Third Annual Event Provides Free Dental Care to Thousands of Locals

Mid-south Dentists come together every year to provide free dental care to thousands of people. The third annual Mid-South Mission of Mercy, a two-day event, was recently held in Memphis, Tennessee. The annual event provides dental services free of charge to anyone who needs it. About 2,500 procedures are performed over the two days by […]

Third Annual Event Provides Free Dental Care to Thousands of Locals

Mid-south Dentists come together every year to provide free dental care to thousands of people. The third annual Mid-South Mission of Mercy, a two-day event, was recently held in Memphis, Tennessee.

The annual event provides dental services free of charge to anyone who needs it. About 2,500 procedures are performed over the two days by hundreds of dentists, volunteers, and other medical professionals.

Dentists treat anyone who walks through the door as long as they don’t have a fever of 101.5 or higher. Because of the recent flu outbreak, everyone was required to have their temperature checked before being seen by a dentist.

Local dentists who work with the Mid-South Mission of Mercy say the services they provide for free are very rewarding.

“You are that joy. The change of their facial expression, eye expression. Everything is just immense,” explained Dr. Hassan Bashiri.

Patients came in for a variety of services, from tooth extractions to simple cleanings. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to reliable dental care. And with about 69% of Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 having lost at least one permanent tooth, having access to dental care is more important than ever.

Dr. Michael Tischler, found of the Teeth Tomorrow franchise network, is another medical professional who has provided charitable dental services.

Larry “Smiley” Kleiman, a Vietnam veteran, had hardly any natural teeth left when he went to Dr. Tischler for a consultation. After getting to know Kleiman, Dr. Tischler provided a $60,000 surgery free of charge.

When asked about Kleiman, Tischler said, “He smiled, he had no teeth. His name was Smiley, he was a fireman. He worked with dogs in Vietnam. And everything about him was just the kind of person that you wanna help.”

Kleiman spends his time helping others with his local K-9 unit and as an active volunteer at the local firehouse. He explained that because the surgery was a lot of money he has no feasible way of paying for the procedure.

Teeth Tomorrow replaced Smiley’s missing teeth and the procedure will overall improve his health and happiness.

After years of both physical and mental discomfort regarding his lack of teeth, Kleiman can now smile with confidence thanks to this generous dentist.

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