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Dental Van

Free Dental Clinic at Fourth Avenue UMC, Sojourn Community Church and St Joseph's Church
in  Louisville.  There have been 13 free dental clinics at these locations in 2017 and ​7 in 2018 and 6 free clinics have been scheduled for the rest of 2018. Dentists and hygienists treating the patients are all volunteers.
We can always use a few more dentists and hygienists.

Here are the dates for the rest of 2018:

Aug 18        4th Ave UMC        8:30 am to 1 pm
Sep 15        St Joseph's           8:00 am to 1 pm    Also medical clinic                     
Oct 13        4th Ave UMC         8:30 am to 1 pm
Nov 3         Sojourn                  9:30 am to 2 pm    Also medical clinic.
Nov 17       4th Ave UMC          8:30 am to 1 pm
Dec 8         St Joseph's            8:00 am to 1 pm    Also medical clinic.        
Dental Volunteers please call Randy Ransdell 502/599-7361 to sign up
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WaterStep and the Louisville Dental Society

The Louisville Dental Society certainly plays a huge role in the city’s dental community, but its members go above and beyond their day to day responsibilities to help those around them. LDS has served the community this past year through their Teeth to Toes campaign partnership with WaterStep, a non-profit whose mission is to save lives with safe water, and it was through one of the Louisville Dental Society’s members that made this partnership possible. Dr. Joe Jacobi, a selfless leader who serves as the liaison between the two organizations, is actively involved in the Louisville Dental Society as he practiced dentistry for 36 years before selling his company and going into full-time service work with WaterStep. At WaterStep where he has volunteered since 2011, he supervises the volunteer manufacturing team who builds the water treatment products that WaterStep sends around the world, participates in the research and development team to develop and produce new technologies and equipment for water treatment and sanitation, and has traveled with field teams on many water projects, most recently to Puerto Rico. Because of Dr. Joe’s work, WaterStep and the LDS have been able to collaborate to help change the world with safe water through the Teeth to Toes campaign, a program with a mission to get shoe drives in dental offices in the region. These shoe drives help fund the endeavors that WaterStep undertakes to fix the water problem around the world. Already, several dental offices have partnered with WaterStep through the campaign and are not only collecting shoes, but are spreading the word about this nonprofit’s mission because of this. If you would like to participate in the campaign by hosting a shoe drop-off box in your office, please contact Natalie Bonura at natalie.bonura@waterstep.org for more information.

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Smile Kentucky 4C Logo 264 x 250 pixelsSmile Kentucky! tackles the most common disease affecting U.S. children, dental decay.  Smile Kentucky! is a unique community partnership to provide dental education and free dental care to children at elementary schools in Louisville Metro and surrounding counties. Smile Kentucky! complements an effort by the American Dental Association (ADA). The ADA has called the program a model for community service.

Smile Kentucky provides education resources for the classroom and the community.  Check out the new Brush your teeth! video and other tools to teach proper dental care to children and young adults.

Learn about the program and how to get involved.

Dental screenings in 7 Bullitt county elementary schools, October 10 - 19. 
Contact the LDS office to volunteer at one of these schools.
lds@kyda.org  or 502/244-2005


Refuge Louisville
hosted their "Crossover 2018 Health Clinic" for local refugees on Saturday, ​July 14, 2018  from 10am-2pm. Refuge Louisville is a nonprofit intra-church organization that embraces refugees.  Check out their website to spark your interest at refugelouisville.com.  Society dentists, Drs Carman, Tritle & Dezarn and Louisville area dental hygienists did dental screenings and made referrals for dental treatment. Dr. Michelle Carma​n, pictured here, michellecarmandmd@gmail.com led the group event.  Thank you for your service!
Refuge Dr Carman
Other Community Service Events that LDS dentists were involved in:
June 30 at St James Church on Taylor Blvd. Drs Paul Boyd, Bobby Mann, Tony Distler & Michelle Carman plus 4 ULSD ​3rd year students.
July 21 at the Western Branch Library. Drs Tony Distler and Ashley Casconi and ULSD ​3rd yr student, Darius Sanford.
July 28, Hispanic Health Fair at St Bartholomew Church.  Drs Carman, and Janiece Wooten-Kerr and 2 ULSD students.
Aug 11 at Ralph Avenue Baptist Church Dr Charlie Tritle screened children in a Back to School event.

Almost 200 patients were screened at these community service health fairs. Toothbrushes and toothpaste were donated by Colgate Bright Smiles Bright Futures.
Dr Distler
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