Pulaski’s 10th Annual Free Dental Day Is Next Week Editor’s Note
The event is hosted by Dr. Tesa Jolly at her office, 217 W. Jefferson St., Pulaski.
Jolly initiated this day of free dental care to serve the people of the community. She and her staff, along with dozens of dental professionals and other volunteers, give this day of service as their Thanksgiving gift to the public.
“We definitely have a lot to be thankful for in terms of improved public health when folks get the dental care they need,” Jolly said. “We don’t want anyone in pain over the holidays. We want to give everyone a chance to have their best smile!”
Patients can see a dentist or hygienist on a first-come, first-served basis to receive one free service: a dental cleaning, a white filling in one of the front teeth or an extraction.
“Obviously, we just want to do cleanings because we hope no one has a cavity or needs an extraction but, if someone is hurting or has a disfiguring cavity, we definitely want to take care of that,” Jolly said.
In years past, more than 400 patients have been seen in a day and over a quarter million dollars of dental treatment has been given away. There has been an ever-increasing amount of community and professional support and appreciation for Free Dental Day. It is expected that this year’s event will be an even bigger success.
Registration will be at First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Jefferson St., on the northwest corner of the Pulaski Square beginning at 6 a.m.
For more information, call the hotline at 931-292-2691 or visit facebook.com/freedentalday.
If you would like to help make this event a success, the office needs donations of paper towels, Clorox wipes, gallons of distilled water, canned soft drinks and bottled water for the volunteers. During the day, volunteers also need snacks and lunch.
“Some people order sandwiches, biscuits and pizzas during lunch-time for us,” said Pamela Keller, a regular volunteer since the first Free Dental Day. “The volunteers are usually working from early morning until late evening clean-up and having that food is a real help! People ice down soft drinks in coolers for us, and it’s just such a big boost during a day when everyone is working so hard.”
If you want to be a volunteer for the event, visit https://goo.gl/AzQoFW to fill out the volunteer form or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about volunteering. A volunteer training session will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, at 6 pm. at First UMC.
—Dr. Tesa Jolly