Domestic Violence Survivors Helped by East Bay Dentists
Total Health Dental Care’s “A Smile Returned” program provided complimentary dental makeovers to three patients who suffered injuries from domestic violence. The endeavor gave back to the community, helping survivors start a new chapter in life, while raising awareness about domestic violence and the connection between oral and total health.
“A healthy, attractive smile is vitally important to confidence, self-esteem, health and well-being,” said Dr. Sepand Hokmabadi, DDS, the directing dentist of Total Health Dental Care. “To see it compromised by domestic violence is truly heartbreaking, and we wanted to make a difference by giving back the health-related and psychological benefits associated with healthy teeth and gums.”
The injuries treated by A Smile Returns were extensive. One patient escaped an extremely violent relationship, which left her with severely damaged teeth and physical injuries that make it challenging to find work. Her dental injuries made it difficult to eat many solid foods and maintain a healthy weight. Another patient’s injuries were so devastating, that her teeth could not be saved and dentures were required. Three dentists in three of Total Health Dental Care’s East Bay offices provided the dentistry, which carried a retail value of up to $20,000 for each person. Work was completed over the course of the summer, with the final patient’s treatment concluding this month.
Total Health Dental Care launched A Smile Returned this year to help survivors start a new chapter in life, to show its commitment to oral and total health, and give back to the community. The program also hopes to help raise awareness about domestic violence and resources for its victims in the East Bay.
“I’m touched we were able to affect the lives of three individuals in our community so positively and significantly,” said Dr. Sepand Hokmabadi. “I hope they smile often and can put the trauma of domestic violence behind them.”
For more information, contact:
Dr. Sepand Hokmabadi, D.D.S.
Total Health Dental Care