How long have you been an EODDS volunteer?
EODDS contacted me about 15 years ago looking for volunteers to help the needy in Northeastern Oklahoma. Knowing the people who started it made it an easy “yes” for me. I have no idea how many people I have seen over the years, but I do know everyone was a rewarding experience for me. The patients EODDS sent to my office show up on time, don’t complain and are happy to be there. It makes it a great experience for both of us.
What is the most rewarding part of being an EODDS volunteer?
Lately, I have been seeing a lot of patients from Women in Recovery. These are individuals who are putting their pasts behind them and are trying to get a fresh start. Most have neglected their teeth for years. Going to a job interview without a confident smile makes finding employment even more difficult. Giving them their smiles back is a game changer.
What would you say to other dentists who are not currently volunteers?
As dentists, we have been given the skills and knowledge to change people’s lives. We are obligated to give back for all the blessings we have received. EODDS is one of those avenues and I urge all my fellow dentists to volunteer and make a difference in someone’s life.
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