The owner of a dental clinic in Walnut Creek, Cynthia Stephenson, DDS, has served patients in the San Francisco Bay area for more than twenty years. Through her business, Dr. Cynthia Stephenson supports numerous local and national charities including Give Back a Smile, an organization that provides extensive dental treatments to survivors of domestic abuse.
Through the organization, dentists have the opportunity to give back to their communities by helping individuals in need. By reaching out to people whose front teeth have been damaged due to violence from a partner, family member, or sexual assault, Give Back a Smile repairs a bit of the visible harm caused by the attack.
Potential patients interested in the program must complete an application form and either pay a $20 application fee or donate 10 hours of their time through community service. A number of additional criteria must be met, including:
– The applicant must have been separated from the violent individual for a minimum of one year (either through relocation, or if the aggressor has been imprisoned).
– The applicant must have met with a social worker, counselor, therapist, or doctor at least once.
– The applicant must accept that certain dental procedures – including those related to cavities, jaw injuries, or gum disease – are not covered by the Give Back a Smile program.
Once an applicant has gained preliminary acceptance, they attend a consultation with a volunteer dentist, who determines what treatment is required and schedules an appointment.