The Jenkins Dental team from Coventry volunteered their services at a Connecticut Mission of Mercy free dental clinic held at the XL Center in Hartford from September 16-17th. From left: Kim Huynh, Dr. Damon Jenkins, Prosthodontist and a former Captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps, and Jessica Dziedzinski. (contributed photo)
COVENTRY, CT - Halloween candy is usually a dentist’s worst nightmare, but one Connecticut prosthodontist wants to collect as much as possible for a good cause. Jenkins Dental in Coventry is hosting a Halloween Candy Buy Back event for Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization that sends care packages to deployed troops and their families. For every pound of candy sold back, Dr. Jenkins will donate dental aids such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and more.
Dr. Damon Jenkins, DMD, MPH, a former Captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, is passionate about showing support for our soldiers. In addition to the dental care items, Dr. Jenkins is asking children to write letters of appreciation to our troops to be included in the packages.
“Of course we want kids to enjoy some candy in moderation, but they can avoid tooth decay and make someone else’s smile healthier by donating their goodies,” said Jenkins. “I know from experience that any supplies and supportive gestures are cherished when you are a world away serving your country.”
Trick-or-Treaters will earn $2 per pound of unopened, individually wrapped candy for up to 10 lbs. Candy can be dropped off at the office from Tuesday, Nov. 1st until Thursday, Nov. 3rd. Everyone who donates will also receive a free oral hygiene goodie bag. Jenkins Dental is located at 2991A South Street in Coventry and is open from 8 am-6 pm.
Dr. Jenkins continues to serve others here at home by volunteering with the Connecticut Mission of Mercy (CTMOM). The nonprofit organization provides free dental care to the underserved and uninsured in Connecticut who would otherwise go without care. At the two-day clinic recently held at the XL Center in Hartford from September 16-17th, Dr. Jenkins’ unique skills as a Prosthodontist specializing in tooth restorations, crowns, bridges, veneers, partial and full dentures were in high demand.
“Oral health affects every other part of the body,” said Dr. Jenkins “Replacing missing teeth not only Improves a person’s appearance, but restoring function to eat and speak correctly can greatly impact their overall health, recovery and emotional wellbeing.”
Dr. Jenkins also often shares his expertise with other dental professionals by consulting on complex cases and speaking at continuing education workshops. He will be the guest speaker at an upcoming dental seminar “Taking the Mystery Out of Missing Teeth” on October 25th at Maneeley’s Banquet Facility in South Windsor. Presented by Dr. Adam Daniels and Dr. Ryaz Ansari, attendees will earn 2 CE.
Jenkins Dental in Coventry, CT is a full service dental practice dedicated to the oral health of patients of all ages. As a specialist in Prosthodontics, Damon T. Jenkins DMD, MPH, can restore function and beauty to a patient’s smile. Using the latest research, the best quality materials and state of the art instruments, the practice offers implant restorations, crowns, bridges, veneers, partial and full dentures. The office is located in a historic gristmill at 2991A South Street in the picturesque Bynes’ Falls. Visit us online at www.bynesfallsdentistry.com or call (860)742-6665.