COARSEGOLD — The fifth annual Free Dental Day at Golden Hills Dental with Dr. Jacob Geyer and Dr. Robert Quan is right around the corner.
The Free Dental Day is Saturday, Oct. 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Golden Hills Dental in Coarsegold.
Attendees will be seen on a first come-first served basis and will be able to receive either one cleaning, one filling, or one tooth extraction free of charge. In some cases, it’s possible that more than one procedure will be offered, depending on the nature of the work, and the time available.
“We are excited to be able to offer this service to our community for the fifth straight year,” stated Dr. Geyer. “It is wonderful to see the impact that we are able to have on peoples’ lives through helping them with their dental care. We look forward to this day each year and as a staff we are grateful for the opportunity to serve.”
Everyone is welcome to attend, so let your friends and family know about the event. The office suggests that potential patients arrive early, as a large crowd is expected, based on past experience.
In previous years, kids played toss while waiting patiently outside the offices, while inside, the entire practice was buzzing with activity. In a busy day of donated dentistry last year, the practice saw more than 100 individuals and is estimated to have performed over $35,000 in free dental work.
According to Office Manager Ryan Eckstein, the all-volunteer day is intended to promote good health and good will in the mountain area. From age five to 95 and up, everyone is welcome.
“The doctors want to do this because they love the community and the community gives a lot to us by supporting the dental practice,” explains Eckstein. “They want to be able to give back to the community in this way.”
The office procedure rooms, called operatories, are in full swing on this day of free smiles. Not only is the entire staff in attendance, others volunteer their time in order to help the number of people being taken care of in a single day.
Patients moved around for their choice of procedure, whether cleaning, filling or extraction. Despite any discomfort involved, the mood tends to remain upbeat as patients grin through their gauze.
The doctors try to do what people need and see as many people as possible on free dental day. Many people don’t have insurance for dental care and so this is an opportunity to get it done, say organizers.
For good health throughout life, prevention is one hundred percent the key, notes Dr. Geyer, who encourages people to come in and see him, no matter how long it’s been. He reminds patients who may be facing down fears that pain avoidance is possible with modern techniques in dentistry.
The doctors, hygienists and staff at Golden Hills Dental are looking forward to this time of year when they volunteer their services, gratis. They say it’s their favorite day.