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Tokuyama Dental America Launches Corporate Social Responsibility Program
Tokuyama Dental America has announced the launch of Tokuyama Empowers, the company’s corporate social responsibility program to make dental care available to those in need. In cooperation with national and local associations, nonprofits, free clinics and volunteer dentists, Tokuyama Dental America aims to remove the barriers to access treatment for uninsured and underserved parts of the population, enabling them to receive the care they need to improve their health and quality of life.

One of the first organizations Tokuyama Empowers is partnering with is the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation’s Give Back a Smile program. Give Back a Smile provides free dental care to adult women and men who have suffered dental injuries from domestic and sexual violence. By helping to restore their smiles, the program is healing some of the most devastating effects of the violence these victims endured and is supporting them on their road to recovery. Tokuyama Dental America has donated more than $86,000 worth of products to Give Back a Smile, including Estelite Omega, a polychromatic aesthetic composite system designed for anterior restorations.

Corporate social responsibility has always been a core value of Tokuyama Corporation, the parent company of Tokuyama Dental. From its beginnings more than 100 years ago, the company’s mission has been to improve people’s lives and well-being.

For more information, visit tokuyama-us.com, or call 877-378-3548.

PDS Foundation Opens Clinic for Patients with Special Needs
The Pacific Dental Services (PDS) Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, recently opened a new clinic, Pacific Dental Services Foundation Dentists for Special Needs. This new clinic opened its doors March 25 to provide high-quality dentistry to pediatric and adult patients with special needs. Among the clinic’s leadership is Jack Dillenberg, DDS, who will serve as the clinical director, and Jacob Dent, DDS, who has been practicing dentistry for more than 15 years. Dent is also the parent of a child with special needs.

Not only will the clinicians at the not-for-profit PDS Foundation Dentists for Special Needs clinic provide dental care for patients with special needs, they will also help patients and their caregivers make proper oral health achievable between visits. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the clinic has specially trained dentists and team members equipped with behavioral and environmental techniques to ensure a successful visit. The clinic will offer patients modern technology and integrated specialties. The full range of services offered include emergency care, crowns, fillings, hygiene, implants, root canals and oral surgery. Dent says that the sensory-friendly office will provide patients with a relaxing environment, and the dental team will provide comprehensive care that focuses on each patient’s individual needs.

For more information, visit dentistsforspecialneeds.com.

DMG Supports Arizona Clinic Serving Uninsured, Low-Income Children
DMG, a manufacturer of dental restorative materials and preventive products, has donated its Icon Caries Infiltrant to the CARE Center Children’s Medical and Dental Clinic in Chandler, Arizona. The product blocks the progression of early stage caries with no need for drilling or anesthesia. The clinic relies in part on product donations from dental manufacturers, particularly those whose products facilitate the minimal invasiveness that is needed for younger, more vulnerable patients who are apprehensive about having their teeth treated.

The CARE Center Children’s Medical and Dental Clinic is a 501(c)3 organization that provides no-cost dental care and treatment to uninsured, low-income children. Of the youth it serves, 51% live in single-parent households and 60% come from homes with under $25,000 in annual income for a family of four. A partnership between Chandler Unified School District, St. Vincent de Paul Dental Clinic and Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center, the clinic provides access to free dental services five days a week for children in the Phoenix metro area. The support of dental product manufacturers and other industry members enables the clinic to provide dental care to more than 1,000 Chandler youth annually.

For more information, visit cusd80.com/page/999.

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