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Cleveland Family Dentistry performs dental work from the heart

April 12, 2017 GMT

Cleveland Family Dentistry doctors and employees served dozens of local citizens on April 7 at their new facility at 205 E. Houston St. as part of Dentistry from the Heart.

Dentistry from the Heart is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free dental care for people in need. They work in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Staff of Cleveland Family Dentistry discovered the event at a conference several years ago and decided to bring it to the City of Cleveland.

“It’s been very successful,” said Accounts Manager Chrystal Burns. “We’ve donated over $30,000 in dental care every year.”

Cleveland Family Dentistry has participated in Dentistry from the Heart for the past four years, according to Dr. Vic Uhrenholdt.

“I feel like it’s just a great way to provide a service to the community in a way we know how to,” he said.

Patients registered to have dental work done on April 7, which included extractions, fillings and dental cleanings. By 1 p.m. Cleveland Family Dentistry had served dozens of local citizens with many more waiting outside.

“So far today we’ve handed out 95 numbers,” said Burns about midway into the event.

Burns says Cleveland Family Dentistry served 73 people in last year’s Dentistry from the Heart event.

“Our first patients arrived last night at 7 p.m.,” she said. “They were the first two patients this morning.”

Patients waiting for their dental work were treated to music provided by DJ Jorge Cuellar and food from the Cleveland Rotary Club. The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Pct. 6 Constable’s office and other law enforcement provided security while Cleveland Fire Department helped with traffic control.

Uhrenholdt thanks everyone who helped Cleveland Family Dentistry pull off the event this year such as the Rotary Club, the Cleveland Fire Department, local law enforcement and more.

“We couldn’t do it all alone,” he said. “It’s a group effort.”

Cleveland Family Dentistry can be reached by calling 281-592-1234.