According to the musical "Annie," you’re never fully dressed without a smile, and one local dentist has found this theory to be true.
Robert McCulla is offering free dental work to locals through Dentistry from the Heart, a national nonprofit with the simple mission of making people smile. This year marks the third year that McCulla has collaborated with the nonprofit to host the event, which he calls a great opportunity for himself and fellow dentists to give back to the community.
“Now more than ever, I know there are people out there that need our services, but have no means to afford them – whether they’re out of a job, or just don’t have dental insurance. This Dentistry from the Heart event is my way of giving back to the community, and being there for the people who are in need of dental work,” said McCulla.
Services include fillings, extractions and cleanings and are reserved for those over the age of 18. Dentistry from the Heart has helped over 5,000 patients and provided more than $1 million in dental care for the many Americans that lack dental insurance. While some adults have neglected their teeth out of fear, McCulla aims to create a comfortable environment for those finally taking the plunge to seek treatment.
"Dentistry from the Heart is our way of helping those in our area who are not able to have dental care and to provide a great, fun environment and experience at the same time," said McCulla. “I do Dentistry from the Heart because it is a great opportunity for our team, other dentists and dental teams to give to our community.”
McCulla will be joined by local oral surgeons Michael Cadra and Jacob Barber, as well as long-time friend Dr. Andrew McCormick of Santa Rosa.
McCulla’s Dentistry from the Heart event will take place at 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. May 2 at Turlock Dental Care located at 990 Delbon Ave. The first 90 patients or however many attend by 4 p.m. will be seen by the dental team.