Dentistry From the Heart was huge success -- again!

One hundred and thirty people in need received free dentistry during the second annual Dentistry From the Heart event on September 25 at Shwedel Dental in Taylor.

Each visitor received a filling, an extraction or a cleaning from Dr. Steven Shwedel and his team of more than 40 volunteers -- including Dr. Caroline Okonkowski, Dr. Scott Shwedel, Dr. Robert Antolak and oral surgeon Dr. Paul Ho. In total, almost $32,000 in dental services were performed between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  

“As a growing number of Americans are out of a job or just don’t have dental insurance, we felt this was a great way to help address the problem and to give back to the community,” said Dr. Shwedel.

Dentistry From the Heart is a non-profit organization with a simple mission: making people smile.

“Believe me, the smiles and thanks we received from all the people we treated made the long hours and hard work one of the most rewarding experiences of our lives,” said Dr. Shwedel.

Thanks and appreciation goes to all the businesses and groups that through their generous donations helped make the event so successful: Benco Dental Supply, Crest/Oral B, the City of Taylor Department of Public Works and Department of Golf, Parks and Recreation, Olson’s Rental, Acee Deucee and the Taylor Rotary Club, as well as Texas Roadhouse and American Pie Pizza Buffet for providing food for the patients and the volunteers.

Dr. Shwedel and his volunteers have already marked their calendars in anticipation of their third annual Dentistry From the Heart event to be held on Saturday, September 24, 2011.

Volunteering their services for the day were Dr. Paul Ho (left), Dr. Caroline Okonkowski, Dr. Steven
Shwedel, Sr. Scott Shwedel and (not pictured) Dr. Robert Antolak.

In all, there were more than 40 volunteers who treated 130 patients.