Comfort Dental will be hosting Care Day Saturday, December 24,
2010, offering free dental care to those in need. All Comfort
Dental general dentistry offices throughout nine states are
participating including offices in Arizona, Colorado, Indiana,
Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas and Washington. Offices
will be open on December 24th from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For
locations see ComfortDental.com.
Beginning in Colorado in 1984, Comfort Dental has offered free
dental care on Christmas Eve Day. Care Day was started 28 years ago
as a way of improving accessibility to dental care. On Care Day,
all services are free to anyone. Patients are helped on a
first-come, first-served basis, receiving a variety of basic dental
care from cleanings to extractions. More serious dental problems
are handled on a case-by-base basis and at the discretion of the
individual dentist. Nationally, approximately 250 Comfort Dental
dentists and 1,300 staff members donate their time on Care
Last year on Care Day, all Comfort Dental offices saw over 7,000
patients and gave away $2,000,000 in free dental services. This
year, the need is likely to be bigger based on economic conditions.
Since Care Day's beginnings in 1984, Comfort Dental has given away
$11 million in dental services. In 2009, Colorado Governor Bill
Ritter recognized Care Day.
President and Founder, Dr. Rick Kushner says, "We provide free
dental care to help people. If someone has a bad tooth, hopefully
we can make them feel better. For some people, including kids, Care
Day might be the only time they see a dentist all year. We're
dentists, so we give away dental services for the holidays. Care
Day is one of the cornerstones of the company."
According to Dr. Neil Norton, Vice President, "Due to the tough
economy, we anticipate a record
turn-out. In a typical year on Care Day, nationally we average
2,000-3,000 patients, but last year was more than 3,000, and this
year may be even bigger. There are a lot of families out there who
just can't afford dental care, and this is their only dental visit
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