A Pulaski dentist, eight of her staff members and a group of volunteers provided much-needed dental care to 15 young students last week.
Most adults know the results of poor oral hygiene with the resulting cavities, fillings, root canals, extractions, partial plates, full sets of false teeth and implants.
A visit to the dentist is one thing people would like to avoid, but they are necessary.
Teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but due to numerous circumstances, teeth cannot stand up to years of abuse and lack of care.
Circumstances such as funds for dentist visits, lack of brushing and flossing, lack of proper health care, poor eating habits, crunching ice and hard candy and other foods, along with accidents can lead to poor teeth.
Last week’s Give A Kind A Smile Project, came when United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church in Pulaski joined concerns, skills and energy with Dr. Cynthia Southern and her staff.
Dr. Southern is also active at First United Methodist Church.
The combined efforts of these concerned citizens provided $12,000 in dental care to 15 students from Pulaski County schools.
The project cost the county schools nothing, since the women volunteers used a church van to transport the youngsters to and from the dentist’s office and back to school.
Our mouths are filled with bacteria, which can develop into other problems, such cavities, gum diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and others.
If today’s adults had known years ago the effects of poor diets, fast foods, poor oral hygiene, they would have done many things differently.
It’s a bit late, but improved care from this day on can only be a blessing.
Thanks to the women of First United Methodist, Dr. Southern and her staff, for caring and doing.