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Second Chance group wants applicants for free smile makeovers

January 4, 2019

The Herald-Dispatch

CHARLESTON - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, West Virginians have the worst dental health in the nation. The shockingly low number of adults who visited a dentist in the past year also admit they experience a low quality of life satisfaction due to their poor oral health.

These are some of the reasons which have prompted the oral surgeons at Mountain State Oral & Facial Surgery in Charleston to design the Second Chance program. The final recipient of this second annual program will receive a permanent set of brand-new teeth by undergoing a full-arch restoration treatment. The procedure that typically costs $50,000 will be provided to the patient completely free of charge.

Angela Hudnall, 24, was one of many who suffer from poor oral health in Charleston, and her entire life changed when she was chosen out of nearly 1,600 applicants last year to receive a free smile makeover.

Hudall’s oral health started to significantly decline after giving birth to her son. The single mother and sole provider for her family could not afford dental insurance, causing her teeth to become worse. She felt ashamed of her appearance and refused to smile in photos.

As a pharmacy technician, Hudnall felt that her patients were judging her based on her smile. Since her smile transformation, she feels she is a better role model for her son.

“The Second Chance program is our way of giving back to the community,” Dr. Jack Krajekian said. “We have seen firsthand how a healthy, new smile can change a person’s life. Poor oral health oftentimes affects a person’s self-esteem which can lead to anxiety and even depression. We are thrilled to offer this program for the second year to help treat a person in our community suffering from poor oral health.”

Mountain State Oral & Facial Surgery is partnering with restorative dentist Dr. Douglas Florence in Parkersburg and Straumann Dental Implant Company to complete the procedure.

The application period for the Second Chance program began Tuesday, Dec. 11, and runs until Friday, Jan. 11. The program is offered to residents in the Charleston, Hurricane, Huntington, Parkersburg, and Beckley areas. To learn more about the program, and for individuals interested in applying, visit: https://www.mtstateoms.com/secondchance.

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