Each holiday season, Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for the New York Times, writes a guide of “gifts with meaning.” These are gifts of charitable giving, rather than gifts that will “just clog a chest of drawers.” His title of December 2: “For the Holidays, Pull a Tooth or Save a Life” and subtitle “Pull a tooth!” caught my attention. In the article, he describes an organization called “Remote Area Medical”, an aid group that holds health fairs for people needing help.
He writes that he was in Virginia when he watched a 30-year-old man have 18 teeth pulled. And adds “for those who have suffered an agonizing toothache for months or years, a dentist makes a life-changing difference – and since the doctors, dentists and nurses donate their time, it’s very cost-effective.” Some uninsured families camped out for days for the opportunity to see a doctor or dentist and showed gratitude to Stan Brock, the founder of the organization.
Yes, dentists can make a “life-changing difference.” Changing people’s lives is what draws me to dentistry every single day. Look at my before and after photos and testimonials and you will see what I mean! Happy Holidays and remember charitable giving.