Giving Back

Donated Dental Services (DDS)

This program is created by The National Foundation of Dentistry For The Handicapped (NFDH). It is a charitable affiliate of the American Dental Association.

SOFTOUCH DENTAL has provided individuals with special needs who otherwise cannot afford dental treatment.

If you know someone who is in need of "free dental service" provided by SOFTOUCH DENTAL and our specialist team, please contact DDS.

Dr. Nguyen will get a list of individuals who are in need of dental service. We will then contact these special patients for an initial consultation.

On the following visit, we will take a prosthodontic record that includes: all necessary X-rays, CT scan, diagnostic cast, intra/extra-oral photographs to make a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. All dental treatments will be provided by Dr. Nguyen and other volunteer dentists with their team using their own time, their own materials, at their own office to provide the complete treatment for the qualified patients.

Why are we volunteering our service to these patients?

Because it is the right thing to do.

We feel very fortunate to be able to give back.

Dr. Nguyen:

"We get what we give! My mother came to the US with five kids all under the age of 18, and she was a single mother who did not even speak any English. A Lutheran Church sponsored us. They gave us old clothes to wear, people in the church took a turn to drive us to the grocery store.

There were two teachers at the school who wanted to adopt me and my sister because we were so good at math. But that meanst we would be separated. My mother wanted to keep all five of us together.

We could rely on the free food and clothes from the church forever. With the support of the State, we were on welfare for about nine months. My mother said we need to learn how to fish. My mother wanted to get off welfare as soon as possible.

Every time we went grocery shopping, my mother was so embarrassed to use food stamps. She had my youngest brother in line at the check out to use food stamps to pay for foods. The plan was to put the three youngest siblings including myself back to school.

My two oldest sisters attended a nine-month job-corp to get a job as quickly as possible to pay for the appartment. My mother managed to juggle between multiple jobs. Everyone needs to work.

I remember, even after school, we all found some mediocre jobs to help pay for groceries. My brother delivered newspapers and painted houses. My sisters worked at McDonalds and Nursing homes. I used to pull patients' charts and clean instruments and the toilet at a medicare dental office after school.

I went to a school where my classmates wrote things like: "Go back to where you belong. We don't want you here!" on my locker. I ran home crying and didn't know why people were so cruel.

Until now, I never told my mother about it. I thought it was too much for her to take.

All I wanted was to fit in. I just kept on doing things that would get me closer to what I wanted.

Ten years later, my oldest sister is an Engineer, my next oldest sister is a CPA, my younger sister is a Manager, my youngest brother is a PhD in Computer Science & Engeneering who is a CEO of a software company in Sillicon Valley. And me, a dentist, doing what I know best and what I like. I want to give back to those who are less fortunate. It makes me feel good inside to be able to give."

Unlike other community service programs, DDS Doctor Volunteers can donate their services in their own offices instead of Central Treatment Centers. Qualified applicants must be permanently disabled, critically ill, or elderly. For more information, please contact:

NFDH 1800 15th Street, Suite 100. Denver, Colorado 80202.

Phone: (303) 534-5360 Fax: (303) 534-5290

www.nfdh.org


Give Back a Smile (GBAS)

This program was developed by the AACD to address a need in the communities. Members of the AACD have volunteered to help restore the broken and damaged teeth of survivors of domestic violence.

Survivors know that bruises and scars will fade but broken and missing teeth will not. SOFTOUCH DENTAL has erased that memory by restoring the smiles at no cost to the survivors thereby restoring their lives.

If you or someone you know has come out of an abusive relationship and in need to restore a smile to restart a new life, please contact www.aacd.org.


Pet Rescue by Judy

PRBJ is a non-profit organization where hundreds of homeless, abused, and unwanted pets wait for their forever homes. It is difficult to believe that thousands of dogs and cats are being euthanized every day just because there is not enough cages, food, or support to care for them. This is when Judy gets called in to "rescue" them. Thanks to Judy and hundreds of volunteers, who donated their time, service, and money to save lives and give shelter to these pets.

Imagine if something happens to you, your pet could easily end up being put down if no one can take care of them. You don't need to buy a puppy or a kitten, just log on to www.petrescuebyjudy.com. You will find a pet that will love you forever. If you are not ready to adopt a pet, you could foster one and help make room for a new one coming in.

Research has shown that having a pet will improve your emotional and physical well being. For instance, walking a dog each day is equivalent to 3 days of strenuous exercise per week; petting a purring cat will help lower your blood pressure. So what are you waiting for? All they want is to give you unconditional love.

We are partners with Pet Rescue By Judy. If you are a volunteer, a foster, or have adopted a pet, please let us know and your first exam, including all necessary X-rays, will be at no charge; all treatment services will be 10% off, or 10% can be donated to Pet Rescue By Judy. We want to take care of those who help save thousands of innocent lives every year.

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