Appalachian Miles for Smiles Provides Free Dental Care at LMU

Mobile dental services

Appalachian Miles for Smiles visited the main campus of Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) on Thursday, November 12, delivering free dental services to 77.

“I appreciate the important work that Appalachian Miles for Smiles does throughout this region of the country,” LMU President Clayton Hess said. “What a wonderful opportunity to be able to offer free dental services to our students. There is a tremendous need for dental services, a need that continues to grow with the pandemic. I hope we are able to bring these services back to campus soon.”

Dr. Smiddy and Dr. Terese-KochAppalachian Miles for Smiles brought four mobile units to LMU along with several volunteer dentists, dental assistants and hygienists. Among the volunteers was LMU’s Dr. Denise Terese-Koch (pictured on the right) who has been hired by the University to develop a college of dental medicine. Dr. John Osborne, a dentist from Union County and the dental director of Remote Area Medical (RAM), also volunteered to provide services to LMU’s students. Dr. Joe Smiddy (pictured on the left), a member of the LMU Board of Trustees as well as Appalachian Miles for Smiles' board, was a driving force in bringing the free dental services to LMU students.

“As a healthcare provider and member of the LMU family, we are blessed to have dedicated colleagues and friends who have come together to serve the LMU Community,” Terese-Koch said. “We realize there are many people in need and will continue to provide quality oral health care for LMU and our community through additional outreach events.” 

The 77 clinic patients all received a dental exam with panoramic x-rays. Fourteen clinic attendees received dental cleanings. The volunteer dentists extracted 16 teeth and completed four restorative fillings during the one-day event.

The University hopes to bring Appalachian Miles for Smiles back in the Spring 2021 for a hygiene clinic. “Given the age group that we are serving at LMU, hygiene is really the biggest need,” said Appalachian Miles for Smiles Manager Devin Cradic. “If we can recruit some more hygienists when we come back, I think we could serve even more in this community.”

Appalachian Miles for Smiles is a charitable organization established in 2016 to provide free dental and vision services through mobile units. Appalachian Miles for Smiles maintains high standards by staffing volunteers who deliver outstanding service. The organization aims to promote healthier lifestyles, improved personal image and employability and it is committed to providing communities with strategies and resources to confront health care problems.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or email at admissions@LMUnet.edu.

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