The highlight of her year as ADA President for ADA President Maxine Feinberg:  the third ADA Mission of Mercy charitable dental clinic where some 700 patients received an estimated $475,000 in care from 575 volunteers during the event, which was part of ADA 2015 – America’s Dental Meeting.

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“This is the first time I’ve smiled in years,” said Mr. Eugene Cacanindin, (shown with Dr. Mark Huberty, a general dentist from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, who placed dentures Cacanindin recieved) as he shared his story with an audience that included Feinberg and ADA President-elect Carol Gomez Summerhays.

He said he hadn’t smiled in years but that all changed when he received a new set of dentures Nov. 8 at the ADA Mission of Mercy at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Mr. Cacanindin of Beltsville, Md., was the second patient treated after checking in at 5:30 a.m. (His sister, Audrey Cacanindin-Smith, was the first.) He said he arrived about 12 hours prior to the opening of registration — so excited to receive his new dentures.

“This is who we really are,” added Dr. Huberty,  who placed Mr. Cacanindin’s dentures. “It’s always a team effort.”

Among numerous event sponsors were Colgate, Delta Dental, Great-West Financial, Henry Schein, KaVo Kerr Group, Arm & Hammer, CareCredit, Freeman, Patterson Dental, Affordable Dentures, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, SmartScrubs Inc., Wells Fargo Practice Finance, ACT, Benco Dental, International College of Dentists – U.S. section, Lands’ End, Larrel One Step Dentures, Procter & Gamble, Caremark, Mary’s Center, Sunstar Americas, and Thos. Somerville Co. Funding was also provided in part by a grant from the ADA Foundation.

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