SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY-SHREVEPORT TO HOST “DENTISTRY FROM THE HEART,” A DAY OF FREE SERVICE

For the second year, SUSLA’s Dental Hygiene Program will partner with “Dentistry From The Heart” (DFTH) to provide one day of free dental services to citizens in need.

The Second Annual “Dentistry From The Heart” takes place on Saturday, February 16, 2019, from 9:00am – 3:00pm at the Alphonse Jackson Building on SUSLA’s main campus.

SUSLA Chancellor Dr. Rodney Ellis notes that, “The free dental service day is another example of the growing community outreach that SUSLA presents. The event is also serving as an attraction for potential students to just come out and observe the great work all of our programs have to offer.”

To receive a free dental service, a patient must be 18 years or older and will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. The first 40 patients are guaranteed to be seen. Each patient will be able to choose one free treatment of a cleaning, a filling, or an extraction.

DFTH Program Coordinator, Dr. Jeremy Alexander, who also runs the private dental practice “Miles for Smiles”, states, “We hope this community partnership with SUSLA will continue to grow. Our role as healthcare professionals is to educate the public, particularly in our communities of color. We are on a mission to minimize unnecessary dental damage and loss, and to get individuals and families in the habit of regular check ups.”

Last year, medical professionals including dentists from throughout the Ark-La-Tex, and from as far away as California, provided free medical services, including blood pressure screenings, dental X-rays, fillings and extractions to over 200 citizens.

Dean of Allied Health Programs, Jo Ann Brown says, “ What many may not understand is that sometimes the tell-tale signs of illnesses, like heart disease and gastrointestinal problems, can trace back to dental hygiene issues. So with this day of free services, our Allied Health Program is on a mission to promote the importance of daily, thorough dental care. And also
to shine the light on careers in this field.”

Dental professionals interested in volunteering for this event, are asked to contact Dr. Jeremy Alexander (jalexander@susla.edu) or Dean Brown (jwarren@susla.edu) by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.