Written by Dentistry Today Wednesday, 01 September 2010 12:59
Heraeus teams with the L.D. Pankey Foundation to Provide Free Oral Health Services to the Underserved in South Bend, Indiana
SOUTHBEND, IN, August 31September 1, 2010—Heraeus Kulzer, LLC, the worldwide leader in dental esthetics, recently hosted an outreach program to provide free oral health services to those without access to dental care. The program was a joint effort between Heraeus and the L.D. Pankey Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Key Biscayne, Florida.
The 2-day clinic, entitled “Pankey Dental Access Days,” was held on August 13 – 14, 2010 at Heraeus’ Educational Facility, located on the Heraeus campus, 300 Heraeus Way, South Bend.
“This event is an opportunity to reach out to our community, and to help provide services to those who need them most,” said Chris Holden, President of Heraeus. “We recognize that a two-day clinic does not solve the larger issue of health care access – but it can certainly bring attention to the tremendous need for oral health care, both in our community and across the US,” he added.
Pankey Dental Access Days is dedicated to providing free oral health services to underserved people across the United States. The event is largely dependent on local volunteers, including dentists, hygienists, assistants and others who believe in providing oral health care to those in need.
The mission of each clinic is to provide as much care to as many people as possible. In keeping with this goal, 76 patients were given dental care at the South Bend event. Most received a mix of services, including cancer screenings, hygiene cleanings, fillings, extractions, root canals, and crowns.
The L.D. Pankey Foundation’s Dental Access Days is operated through a cooperative effort of individual Pankey-trained dental professionals and leading dental companies that provide support through monetary and in-kind product and service donations.
Heraeus Kulzer, LLC, whose North American manufacturing plant is based in South Bend, is donating many of its flagship products to the effort including Venus®, Venus® Diamond, Gluma and iBond®.
“Heraeus is honored to be part of Dental Access Days,” continued Holden. "We are truly inspired by the work of the L.D. Pankey Foundation and its passion and commitment to help people in need.”