Grand Haven To Offer Free Dental Work

Posted at 11:17 AM, May 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-14 11:25:36-04

smiles from the heartGRAND HAVEN, Mich. — Smiles From The Heart will host their fourth annual free day of dental care on Saturday, May 18.

The group has brought together dozens of volunteers to offer care to people in need, regardless of income or age.

“There are people who need these services but have no means to afford them,” said Dr. Darren Riopelle of Smile Grand Haven. “Smiles From The Heart is our way of giving back to the community.”

Last year, Smiles From The Heart served over 180 patients and provided $75,000 in free dental work. This year, more local dentists will be joining the effort, bringing the total to eight. Their goal is to help community members be as healthy as they can.

“Having an unhealthy mouth can really affect a person’s entire body,” said Riopelle. “Some people we see need a cleaning in order to maintain their healthy mouths.  But for most, we eliminate or deter pain and infection.  It’s an empowering day for both the patients and volunteers.”

Smiles From The Heart will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with registration beginning at 7 a.m. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Services will be provided at two locations in Grand Haven:

Smiles From The Heart was created and is organized by the Smile Grand Haven team.