Spaugh Dameron Tenny, LLC is partnering with America’s Toothfairy to promote its Smile Drive campaign, which was launched in 2014. Volunteers and community organizations collect toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and other oral hygiene products and distribute them to schools and programs that serve at-risk kids. Spaugh Dameron Tenny, LLC recognizes that the lack of basic oral care products in many low-income homes is a cause of tooth decay, so we’re participating in the America’s Toothfairy Smile Drive campaign.
Our firm will collect toothbrushes, toothpaste, ﬂoss, and other oral hygiene products and distribute them to organizations that serve at-risk kids. Our Smile Drive will be held in Charlotte, NC, from March 1st to March 14th. Donated items will be distributed in time for World Oral Health Day on March 20th!
We’ll finish off our Smile Drive by sponsoring Celebration of Smiles, a special event held on March 14th. The event will include a panel of dental industry thought leaders, as well as a networking opportunity for the local dental/medical community. The discussion will focus on how to get involved to help local children, engage your team and highlight your practice in the community by supporting oral health care, education, and resources for children in need.
Celebration of Smiles Charlotte Panel
Spaugh Dameron Tenny is excited to be a part of the Celebration of Smiles by moderating the conversation between this panel of local dental industry thought leaders:
- Dr. Linger, Owner/President of William Linger, DDS, MAGD
- Dr. Betty Orr, Dental Educator and Culture Leader of A Peaceful Practice
- Dr. George Betancourt, owner of Advanced Smiles of Blakeney
In preparation for America’s Toothfairy’s event, we are interviewing each of the panelists to get their thoughts on the latest trends in dentistry and how those changes affect children’s overall health, as well as, their dental practice’s bottom line. This week we’re talking to Dr. William Linger, a member of America’s Toothfairy’s Scientific Advisory Board.
About William Linger, DDS, MAGD
As a 2nd generation dentist, he has a true passion for life-long learning and is a perpetual student. After Dental School, Dr. Linger trained at the Pankey Institute and the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Study, as well as receiving both his Fellowship and Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry. In addition to being an international leader and lecturer on clinical dentistry, Dr. Linger maintains a full-time concierge private practice in the United States. His practice is focused on comprehensive, multidisciplinary care utilizing cutting edge technologies such as the Operating Microscope, IV Sedation, Cone Beam CT and Computer Navigated Implant Microsurgery. Dr. Linger currently serves as President of the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry, an international non-profit organization with members in 37 countries.
What are current trends in the dental industry that are affecting your practice and ultimately your patients?
Negative influence of third party payers on the public’s health decisions.
America’s Toothfairy provides oral care products and education throughout the US, how do these preventive resources impact children’s lives?
Dental disease and associated pain disproportionately affects the poor children in the US, resulting in more school days missed than any other childhood disease. Dental problems have a big impact on the children most at risk. Helping to reduce this problem greatly impacts children’s lives.
During this time of rapid change in digital marketing, how have you adapted from relying on word of mouth to using social media, as a dental practice owner?
We use most of the social media outlets available. For those people seeking our more specialized services such as sedation or surgery, social media has a bigger impact. For those seeking routine care, we still get our referrals from word of mouth much more than social media.
How has utilizing the clinical microscope impacted your practice, provision of care and/or bottom line? Why would you recommend other dental professionals consider integrating the clinical microscope into their practices?
It has benefitted our practice in every way possible. From increasing the quality of care to greatly improving the ergonomics of our providers to making treating pediatric patients easier for both patient and provider. The ability to communicate in real time through the visual use of the microscope makes it much more comfortable for the children to understand what we are doing during treatment visits.
Celebration of Smiles Charlotte
- Date: March 14th, 2019
- Time: 6:00 to 8:00pm
- Location: Legion Brewery-South Park
- Address: 5610 Carnegie Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28209
To register for the event, click or tap the image below!
Founded in 2006 by internationally recognized clinician, Cherilyn Sheets, DDS, America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF) was established as a collaborative effort of clinicians, academicians, corporate leaders and caring individuals to address the children’s oral health crisis. America’s Toothfairy is now headquartered in Charlotte and has distributed more than $19 million in donated products, educational materials and financial grants to improve oral health outcomes for children and youth in need.
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