What goes into a charity event? For our first annual Dentistry from the Heart (DFTH) event, held at our Slidell, LA, office, we put in a year of planning and a whole lot of love.

A team of 21 volunteers, including local oral surgeon Dr. C. Bradley Dickerson and two of his assistants, participated in DFTH.

A History of Charitable Work

We first heard about Dentistry From the Heart in September 2015, at one of the many continuing education seminars Dr. David Pousson and his staff attend yearly. Dr. Pousson has a long history of charity dental work, from trips to Belize with Dos Amigos (based here in Slidell) to many trips to the Kentucky Mountain Mission of Eastern Kentucky when he lived in Virginia. Hosting a DFTH event here and giving back to our community was an easy decision.

Connecting with the Community

A team of 21 volunteers, including local oral surgeon Dr. C. Bradley Dickerson and two of his assistants, met at Pousson Family Dentistry early on Friday, October 21st, 2016. By the time the volunteers walked in at 4:45 a.m., people were already lining up to receive the dental care we offered.

The most rewarding aspects of the event were the incredible expressions of gratitude from the patients, and the spirit of teamwork demonstrated by the volunteers serving them. 

Dr. Pousson and his staff had originally planned to begin registering patients at 6:30 a.m., and to begin treating them at 7:00 a.m. But with a queue already formed outside and volunteers jumping in to help as soon as they walked through the door, Dr. Pousson began taking patients at 6:15 a.m.

By the end of the day, our team had seen 58 patients for needed dental treatment—eight more than our stated goal. 

Local Support

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, we were able to offer water bottles and snacks to the patients, and to feed our volunteers both breakfast and lunch. Participants included:

  • Winn-Dixie
  • Domino’s
  • Sam’s Club
  • George’s Donuts
  • First Baptist Church of Slidell
  • Henry Schein Dental
  • Lake Catherine Marina

Local photographer Linda March of Studio 61 also stopped by and photographed the event and volunteers.

By the end of the day, Drs. Pousson and Dickerson, and volunteer hygienists Debbie Thompson, Melanie Anderson, and Heather Allred had seen 58 patients for needed dental treatment—eight more than our stated goal. Dr. Dickerson and his assistants enjoyed the experience so much that they asked to be invited back for next year!

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, we were able to offer water bottles and snacks to the patients, and to feed our volunteers both breakfast and lunch. 

Looking to the Future

The most rewarding aspects of the event were the incredible expressions of gratitude from the patients and the spirit of teamwork demonstrated by the volunteers serving them. Dr. Pousson and his staff are deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to show our love for our community with this event…and we can’t wait to do it again in 2017.