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Gift of Dentistry offers free help on Friday
Local dentist leads free dental care effort
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Dr. Richard Marz

One of the greatest needs in our community is low-cost dental options.

There are many people who simply cannot afford to go to a dentist for cleanings or more complex dental care. Hearts and Hands Clinic operates a no-cost dental clinic year-round but is limited in the number of patients its volunteer dentists can see. This past year, they assisted 279 patients with dental care.

Local dentist Dr. Richard Marz, owner of Premier Dental Wellness, understands the large need for dental care. Several years ago, he began partnering with others in the community to offer one day of free dental care. This will be the fourth year he has led the effort.

“I have been touched by the generosity of this community in so many ways,” Marz said. “My patients and our friends and neighbors are so supportive and giving to me and my practice that I wanted to do something as a gift to our community. This gift allows me to give back as a small way of saying thanks.”

This year, Marz has partnered with East Georgia Center for Oral and Facial Surgery, Hearts and Hands Clinic and Ogeechee Technical College’s dental assisting program in order to provide as much dental care to as many people as possible.

“A Gift of Dentistry” is set for Friday at Premier Dental Wellness, 1130 Brampton Ave., beside McAlister’s Deli. Anyone 18 or older that truly needs dental help is eligible for care.

There will be no charge for treatment, which will consist of one cleaning, one filling or one extraction. It will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Marz encourages people to arrive early, as only the first 50 people in line are guaranteed care.

Marz and his team of volunteers will begin triaging patients at 8 a.m. Cleanings, fillings and x-rays will be completed in Marz’s office. Those needing extractions will be referred to East Georgia Center for Oral and Facial Surgery.  

Premier Dental Wellness, East Georgia Center for Oral and Facial Surgery, Hearts and Hands Clinic, OTC and others are volunteering their time and services to the community for free. They ask that citizens help spread the word, and again encourage people to arrive at Premier Dental Wellness no later than 8 a.m. Friday.

Marz is a member of the Statesboro Kiwanis Club and the Bulloch County Animal Shelter advisory board and, as a local pilot, flies pets seeking new owners from kill shelters through Pilots N Paws.


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