Dozens receive free dental work in Court House

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Ishaq Farrington of Whitesboro gets his teeth cleaned by Rochelle Archbold of the dentist office. Ishaq Farrington of Whitesboro gets his teeth cleaned by Rochelle Archbold of the dentist office.

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Around 8 a.m. Friday, people sat under one of the large white tents along Atlantic Avenue, passing the time, some on their cell phones, waiting to hear their number called.

They were waiting for free dental work – an extraction, filling or cleaning – at Sunshine Dentistry in Cape May Court House, part of a national effort to provide free dental care to communities.

At least 100 people were expected to turn out to the daylong event on a rainy Feb. 8. By around 8 a.m., more than 60 had signed up. Some came from as far as away as Trenton, Manahawkin, Atlantic City and Mays Landing.

Dentistry From The Heart started in 2001 to help people who didn’t have health insurance and this is the first year that Thomas’ dentist office took part in the campaign.

“I think it’s really nice that I have the opportunity to possibly have my hurting tooth taken care of,” said Frederick Sharp of Green Creek.

Around September, part of his one front tooth broke off and it recently has been hurting, he said.

“I didn’t want to wait too much longer,” Sharp said.

He figures he went to the dentist last spring. Sharp said he is on Medicare but it has limited coverage for dental work.

It’s been about five years since Carlos Soto of Wildwood went to the dentist.

He said he was to get his two back teeth extracted Friday and was happy for the free service.

Dr. Eric Thomas of Sunshine Dentistry looked at Kia Cooper’s teeth as she sat in the dentist chair. The Mays Landing woman’s upper right tooth had been bothering her and that could be the reason she has had a headache for several days, Thomas said. Assistant Devon Bradley helped Thomas.

Cooper was expected to head to another dentist in Cape May Court House to get the work done. As part of the program.

Caitlin Corso of Ocean View was getting her teeth cleaned Friday.

“It’s a great opportunity because you only get one set of teeth,” she said.

Her last visit to the dentist was probably about two years ago.

“It’s too expensive without dental insurance,” she said.

People wait to get free dental work done at Sunshine Dentistry in Cape May Court House. People wait to get free dental work done at Sunshine Dentistry in Cape May Court House.

Thomas called Friday’s event rewarding.

 “It’s a way I can pay it forward in the spirit of giving,” Thomas said. He said he enjoyed giving back, realizing that many do not have the money to be able to pay for dental work.

“And I thought it was time to do something positive,” Thomas said.

His wife, Stephanie Thomas, who is the dentist office administrator, said the event advertised for 100 people but more people would be seen depending on the time and the line.

Several hygienists, dental assistants and others donated their time and resources at the event.

“It’s a really great  feeling to give back,” said June Batz, one of the volunteers who used to be a hygienist in Thomas’ office. “It’s heartwarming to see the response.”

Free dental work wasn’t the only thing that was provided. Chair massages were available under one of the heated tents.

Eric Thomas established his dentist office in 1996, according to his wife. His office is at 109 West Atlantic Ave. in Cape May Court House.

“It’s my pleasure to serve my community,” Dr. Thomas said.

For more information about the non-profit organization, Dentistry From The Heart, see www.DentistryFromTheHeart.org. Call the dentist office at 465-5415.


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