Thinking of hosting your own DFTH event? Here are a few reasons why you should!

Dentistry From The Heart is a charity – just like the Salvation Army, and other such humanitarian organizations.  We are a not-for-profit organization.  We may appear to operate as a simple marketing firm, but we are not.  We reach out to the media to thank you for your efforts and the tax-deductible Sponsorship/Donation that you have provided.  The people you treat and the turnout testify to our media outreach and the brand recognition of DFTH.  Remember that these people are going to be your ‘positive’ press as well.  You also benefit from our legal status and the accounting that is undertaken with respect to your event with the IRS whereby we legally assert that you operated under our Charity Tax ID number.  This provides for additional tax breaks for you and your donors at the end of the year.  

The protection of Sovereign Immunity also applies to your event by your legal association with DFTH.  The t-shirts, plaque, banner, DVD’s, media kits, etc. also amount to a considerable expense to DFTH, but they are offered as an aid in your outreach and our way of thanking you.  

Bear in mind that it is the people you help that truly matter in this outreach.  You have likely enough seen your charity work build your practice by virtue of positive word of mouth which is the best press of all.

I hope that I may persuade you of the value that we offer now.  As we move forward, we are adding more services in our effort to better support your practice.  You will note the additional offerings in our services each year while we have actually cut our Sponsorship requirement by hundreds of dollars this year. 

Consider the Public Service Announcements.  These are produced and disseminated to media outlets on your behalf throughout your region.  Much of this coverage happens in cyberspace and it can almost impossible to track it all or its impact.

Consider the design work and effort that goes into banners, t-shirts, postcards, flyers drafting , billboards drafting, etc.  It is all customized for you.  We share our trademarked materials freely.

Consider that we file an accounting report in your name to the IRS.  This ensures that your practice has the proper legal status as part of our 501(c)(3) charity.  Hosting on your own without a charity association will impact your taxes at the conclusion of your fiscal year.

Consider that we offer Sovereign Immunity to our hosts – meaning that it is almost impossible to face a lawsuit for the services your render during a sanctioned DFTH event.  

Consider that we legally empower your practice to solicit and receive tax-deductible donations.  This is something that you may not legally do on your own.

Consider that we monitor and enhance your online presence by taking stories on your outreach and spread them out over multiple social media sites.  That service goes on year round.  One story can be listed up to five times – giving you additional online clout.  

Consider that we provide window stickers, plaques and lobby commercials for your lobby so that your clients are reminded of your community service year-round.  

Consider the event legal forms, patient registration materials, press releases, etc. that we provide.

And – consider that all of this helps to grow your practice in the end.  


Is Gingivitis Curable?

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum tissue around the teeth. Because gingivitis is usually painless and has very mild symptoms, many people who have it are unaware of it. Is gingivitis curable and preventable? Absolutely! Gingivitis can be prevented, and existing gingivitis can be reversed, with good oral hygiene and a bit of help from your dentist and dental hygienist.

What Causes Gingivitis?

When plaque builds up on your teeth and isn’t removed by careful brushing and flossing, it can turn into an even harder substance called tartar. Tartar builds up at the base of your teeth, irritating your gums and create an area where more plaque builds on top of the tartar and continues to cause more irritation to the gum tissue.

While most gingivitis is caused by poor dental care, there are other factors that can contribute to gum disease. Gingivitis is more prevalent in pregnant women, for example, as well as those going through puberty or menopause, since hormonal changes effect the bacteria in your mouth. Smoking, diabetes and vitamin deficiencies can also increase your risk of gingivitis.

How Can You Tell if You Have Gingivitis?

The first indication that you might have gingivitis is a small amount of blood on your toothbrush or in the sink when you brush your teeth. You might also notice that your gums are more red and are less firm than they should be. Your dentist and dental hygienist can diagnose gingivitis just by visually looking at your gums, so if you are concerned you may have gingivitis, you should make an appointment as soon as possible.

Is Gingivitis Curable?

Gingivitis can be reversed by eliminating the tartar that’s causing the irritation in your gums. Your dental professional can remove the existing tartar that’s irritating your gums by cleaning and scaling your teeth. After a professional cleaning, keep you teeth and gums free from tartar by brushing twice daily with a tartar-control toothpaste and flossing at least once a day. Using an antimicrobial mouthwash after brushing can also help prevent tartar buildup on your teeth. By brushing and flossing well, you can have regular, healthy gums again.

Dentistry From The Heart: From Day-of-Care Event to International Dental Nonprofit



August 10th, 2017

What started as a day-of-care event in a suburban Florida dental office nearly 16 years ago has grown into an international organization aimed at providing free dental care in hundreds of communities throughout the world.

Dr. Vincent Monticciolo, a Florida dentist based in New Port Richey, a suburb of Tampa, had long recognized that far too many bay area residents were going without needed dental care. So on Valentine’s Day in 2001, he hosted his first Dentistry From The Heart event, providing free dental care in his practice to anyone 18 or older.

Hundreds of people attended the inaugural event, some lining up overnight outside Dr. Moticciolo’s practice to receive care the next morning. And due to the success of that first event, Dentistry From The Heart began to spread throughout Florida and the rest of the country.

“Throughout the years, Dr. Monticciolo had a lot of colleagues talk to him about starting Dentistry From The Heart programs in their communities,” said Michelle Sotil, the organization’s director. “During those first few years, he mentored those colleagues and showed them how to set up events of their own.”

Dentistry From The Heart is now a worldwide nonprofit organization. More than 300 events are held annually throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Ireland, Australia, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and New Zealand, she said.

At the events, patients are given the option to receive an extraction, filling or cleaning. They are not required to provide identification or disclose the status of their income.

“We give them the option, but most people opt for the extraction,” said Ms. Sotil. “A majority of our patients have some form of untreated dental disease or something requiring immediate attention.”

Organizers suggest that patients requiring additional treatment seek care from regional free clinics or dental schools that offer dental services.

Dr. Monticciolo continues to host events each year in his New Port Richey clinic. During next year’s event, which is scheduled to take place Feb. 9, Dr. Monticciolo hopes to provide care for more than 500 people in his newly opened clinic, which boasts 18 dental operatories, which are rooms or spaces where dentists treat people.

“It truly is a wonderful charity, and each year it gets bigger and bigger,” said Ms. Sotil.



Lilly Family Dentistry 6th annual event 06/30/2017

Lilly Family Dentistry will be holding their 6th Annual DFTH event. We will offer free dental treatment to adults in our community. Patients 18 years of age or older, will have their choice of a cleaning, one filling, or one extraction. Event will be held rain or shine, patients are encouraged to dress for the weather, they will have to wait for their turn outside. Registration will begin at 6:30am and patients will be seen on a first come, first served basis from 8am-2pm. Patients need to park in the St. Michael’s church parking lot and walk across the street to our building. Smile its FREE

Greece Family Dentistry From The Heart

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) – Greece Family Dentistry & Implantology hosted a special event on Saturday from for individuals unable to afford dental insurance.

The event, called Dentistry from the Heart, consisted of Dr. Cabrera and several other dental professionals performing the patients’ choice of a filling, extraction, or cleaning.Greece

With help from numerous volunteers, the goal of the event was to serve the local community through free dental services for those in need.

Can Stress Actually Cause You to Lose Your Teeth?

Demi Moore made a surprising admission on The Tonight Show earlier this week: She’s missing one of her front teeth. Yes, after Jimmy Fallon complimented her on how gorgeous she looked, he mentioned that the actress had sent him a photo that’s “the most insane thing I’ve ever seen.” Then, he held up a picture that showed Moore smiling at the camera, with her two front teeth missing.

“I sheared off my front teeth,” Moore explained. “I’d love to say it was [from] skateboarding or something really kind of cool, but I think it’s something that’s important to share because I think it’s literally, probably after heart disease, one of the biggest killers in in America, which is stress. Stress sheared off my front tooth. But, in an effort to get ready for you, I wanted to make sure my teeth were in.”

This is pretty shocking: Chronic, ongoing stress is known to have an impact on a person’s health, including raising the risk of a slew of diseases but…can it really make you lose your teeth? Mark S. Wolff, D.D.S., Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care at the New York University College of Dentistry, says yes, but it’s not as simple as feeling stressed and then suddenly your teeth fall out.

People can “clench and grind their teeth to an extent that they loosen and the supporting bone is destroyed,” he explains. However, he says, it’s not common to lose your two front teeth if you’re seeing a dentist for routine exams and cleanings. Here’s why: During trip to the dentist’s office, your doctor will check your teeth for mobility and makes sure that each tooth isn’t hitting your dental arch more than it should. “They should also make sure there is no gum disease, which hastens the bone loss,” and can increase the odds you’ll lose a tooth, he says.

And if your doctor notices something off, he or she will take action. “If simple adjustments do not protect the teeth, the dentist may make a soft rubber or hard plastic mouthguard to protect the teeth from trauma,” Wolff explains.Demi Moore missing teeth

Atrium Family Dental serves area one smile at a time

One day only. That’s all it takes for Atrium Family Dental to see the impact of what happens when the community comes together in an effort to offer free dentistry.

More than 50 people dropped in for Atrium Family Dental’s sixth annual day of free cleanings, fillings and extractions as part of Dentistry From The Heart, a nonprofit whose goal is to provide free dentistry for those without insurance

Beyond tooth decay: why good dental hygiene is important

How is Good Oral Hygiene Practiced?
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being.

Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop and is much less painful, expensive, and worrisome than treating conditions that have been allowed to progress.

In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. These include:

Brushing thoroughly twice a day and flossing daily
Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks between meals
Using dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste
Rinsing with a fluoride mouthrinse if your dentist tells you to
Making sure that your children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoridated area.
Proper Brushing Technique
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Tilt the brush at a 45° angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from the gumline.

Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes.

Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.

Proper Flossing Technique
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Use about 18″ of floss, leaving an inch or two to work with.

Gently follow the curves of your teeth.

Be sure to clean beneath the gumline, but avoid snapping the floss on the gums.


Free Dental Care for Those in Need – June 14, 2015!

Join us for our 2nd Annual Event with Dentistry from the Heat!

Check out our event video at :

Dr. Thomas F. Brown & Dr. Marie Huguelet are hosting a day to give back to a community that has been so wonderful to us.

Date of Event: Sunday, June 14, 2015
Location: (Our office) 1807 South Washington Street, Suite 107, Naperville, IL 60565.
Times: 7 am – 2 pm
Services: Choice of Filling, Extraction, or Cleaning will be performed for those 18 years and older who can’t get dental care elsewhere.

Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. The first 50 patients are guaranteed to be seen!

For more information, please contact our office directly at (630) 369-3120.

OR Check out Dentistry from the Heart’s website:

Dr. Thomas Brown DDS

Longmeadow Dental Office to Offer Free Day of Dentistry

LONGMEADOW, MA–(Marketwired – February 25, 2015) – Dores Dental, a leading Longmeadow family dental practice, will host its annual Dentistry From The Heart program Saturday, May 9, to benefit needy community members.
Dr. Jim Dores, owner of Dores Dental, will provide free dentistry to patients during the weekend event at his Longmeadow dental office, 175 Dwight Road, Suite 304. The practice will offer free exams, cleanings, extractions and fillings. Dores Dental will partner with local transportation services, shelters and local food vendors.
Dentistry From The Heart was founded 14 years ago in New Port Richey, Fla., and has provided millions of dollars in free dental care. The worldwide nonprofit is dedicated to giving a free day of dental care to people who do not have insurance or cannot afford dental care. There are more than 300 Dentistry From The Heart events every year.
Dores Dental first hosted Dentistry From The Heart in 2013. Dr. Dores said the surrounding community has been supportive of the program and instrumental in helping it grow every year.
“It is a great day where our team provides quality dentistry to patients who would have otherwise gone without dental care,” Dr. Dores said. “Part of our office mission is to serve those in the community who are underserved, so it is a wonderful day for us. It’s very rewarding to see the smiles from the volunteers, and of course, the patients.”
Dores Dental serves the communities of Longmeadow, Hampden, Southwick, Springfield, Wilbraham, West Springfield and Agawam, Mass., as well as Enfield and Somers, Conn. He treats children, teens and adults in his office. Individual services include same-day crowns, inlays and onlays, dental implants, bridges, root canal therapy, periodontal disease treatment, tooth extractions, teeth-whitening treatments, Invisalign and custom mouthguards.
Dr. Dores spent nine years working in sales and finance before entering dental school. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and worked as an associate dentist for four years before purchasing his own practice in 2010. Dr. Dores has advanced education in general dentistry, Synergy implant training, Invisalign and same-day crowns. He uses a CEREC machine to produce natural-looking and durable same-day restorations.
Dr. Dores received the Vitals Patient Choice Award in 2013, a recognition given out by, a patient-review site for doctors. He is dedicated to his community and donates his time to Alana Smiles, a charity that offers treatment for oral cancer patients, and Dentistry From The Heart, a national collaboration of dentists who provide free dentistry for a day for patients without dental insurance.
For the cost of teeth whitening at Dores Dental, visit the website at or call 413-241-3995.
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