Shreveport Bossier Family Dental Care will host Trading Smiles, providing at least the FIRST 150 people with free dental care on April 30.
The line will begin as early as the night before, with hundreds prepared to camp out in order to receive free services. Trading Smiles patients travel from miles away every year for this annual free day of dentistry.
In 2001, Dentistry From The Heart started with New Port Richey dentist Dr. Vincent Monticciolo as a way to giving back to the community and provide aid to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. Since its inception, Dentistry From The Heart has grown to include over 200 annual events nationwide and provided more than 45,000 people with free dental care services.
Shreveport Bossier Family Dental Care wanted to create an event similar but have the ability to give back in a bigger way! We wanted to not only provide dental care for patients in need, but also donate the collected items to our community! It was a way to make a bigger impact in our community!
This is the second annual Trading Smiles event for Shreveport Family Dental Care and our team of dentists, volunteers and sponsors to provide at least the FIRST 150 patients with a free extraction, filling or cleaning in exchange of two canned goods. All canned goods collected will be donated to the NWLA food bank. Last year, Shreveport Bossier Family Dental Care was able to donate over 600 cans of food to help aid the Shreveport Bossier community.
“It all comes down to wanting to provide something greater to our community,” said Dr. Cody Cowen. “The services provided by Trading Smiles help give patients a renewed reason to smile.”
Trading Smiles is a registered non-profit organization that provides free dental work for those people in need. In the past four years, Dentistry from the Heart and now Trading Smiles events, hosted by Shreveport Bossier Family Dental Care (910 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop in Shreveport), have contributed more than $300,000 in free dentistry and helped more than 450 patients across Shreveport/Bossier area. For more information, visit www.tradingsmilesla.com.