BoldrDash Race

Teeth Beasts!


The South County Smiles has returned again this year to participate in BoldrDash Winter Dash!

Participants this year were:

  • Amanda
  • Lauren H.
  • Dr.DiSano
  • Lori G.
  • Kendra

Everyone did a fantastic job and had a great time. What a great and fun adventure though very, very cold!

Kendra to Guatemala!

Our Dental Hygienist, Kendra, has started a GoFundMe page to raise money for a trip to Guatemala this August 2018 with Global Dental Relief. We invite you to read her story and check her gofundme page for more information!


Global Dental Relief’s mission is to bring free dental care to children around the globe in Nepal, India, Guatemala, Kenya, and Cambodia. I will be working with a team of Dentists, Hygienists, Assistants and non-dental volunteers for 10 days in a clinic that is set up in the highlands of Guatemala to serve the indigenous Mayan population. This program enables volunteers to provide dental care for thousands of impoverished children. The money raised would be going towards meals, equipment costs, and travel needs while in Guatemala. I need to pay my way to get there and I could use all the help I can get. By donating you are helping underserved children get the smile they deserve.
Some of the families that benefit from this mission are sharing 1 toothbrush between multiple members. Young children whose teeth are rotting in pain, and families who are unaware of the importance of oral hygiene or simply do not have the means to care for themselves. By providing dental care, oral hygiene education, and dental supplies to these children we are shaping how they care for themselves. This is not a one and done mission. We are providing a health foundation in which these children can thrive from and take into adulthood. Prevention is KEY when it comes to many health aspects, especially dental hygiene. By educating these young minds they will understand the importance of caring for their teeth, and the implications of their diets. Some of these children are in pain from toothaches that have gone on far too long. How amazing it is that we have the very power to fix this through such an amazing organization. I believe healthcare should be a fundamental right in this world, especially when it comes to children. This enables not only myself but you as well to help put this belief into ACTION.
We are often so caught up in our way of life we can easily forget there are many others that are not as lucky as we are. Projects like this enable us to take a step back and not only appreciate our access to care, but to give back to those who desperately need it. I’d like to conclude this with a quote that always keeps me motivated not only in my volunteer efforts but my day to day life as a dental hygienist:

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
-Anne Frank

I want to thank you so much for taking the time to read my story. Any amount contributed is very appreciated. Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions regarding this trip, I am more than happy to answer them! If you would like to learn more about Global Dental Relief and their message you can visit their website at :

Together we can change the world one smile at a time.

Kendra Melody CDA,RDH.

3rd Annual Edna Bernier Bowled Over for SRIV

Southern Rhode Island Volunteers’ mission is to enhance lives by inspiring, creating and supporting a lifelong culture of service through our volunteer members and affiliates across Southern Rhode Island.

They accomplish this goal by serving individuals in the community by providing assistance and collaborating with community organizations providing other services. They serve by providing:

  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • Grocery shopping (client can be present, or a volunteer can take a list to the grocery store)
  • Food delivery and/or Meals on Wheels delivery
  • Visitation for isolated individuals (1 hour a week commitment for volunteers)
  • SRIV also helps coordinate limited minor home repairs, yard clean up, and snow removal (for those 90 plus years of age without family)
  • Respite for caregivers

Each year they host a fundraising event called ‘Edna Bernier Bowled Over’ and this year was our second year participating in this exciting event. We had such a great time bowling and participating in this event and are looking forward to the outing again next year!

National Children’s Dental Health Month

“Children’s teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and a healthy smile is important to a child’s self esteem. With proper care, a balanced diet and regular dental visits, their teeth can remain healthy and strong,”  – Dr. Joseph C. DiSano, DDS

Children’s Dental Health Day was originated by the American Dental Association in 1949. In 1955, it became Children’s Dental Week, and in 1981 it became a month-long program known as National Children’s Dental Health (NCDH) month. National Children’s Dental Health month is important to help educate and bring awareness to children, parents, teachers, and health providers of the importance of keeping children’s smiles healthy. Establishing good home care habits at an early age is the key to maintaining good oral hygiene. The South County Smiles team has a comprehensive understanding of this and strives to encourage these habits early and make it a fun part of the child’s daily routine.

In accordance with this, South County Smiles reached out to local Preschools and Elementary Schools so they may come lead an activity designed to enhance young children’s understanding of their Oral Health and the proper care for their teeth. 

During the program, dental professionals helped children learn essential oral health topics including: why we need teeth, how teeth help us do things better, characteristics of teeth, the number and purpose of baby (primary) teeth, sets of teeth in a lifetime, permanent teeth, keeping our bodies and teeth clean, brushing teeth, flossing teeth, toothbrushes, what plaque is, how plaque contributes to cavities, good nutrition, why it is important to visit your dentist, the dentist’s office, the dental team, and the dental exam.

Emphasis was placed on appropriate ways to care for teeth and regular dental examinations and how the dentist is their friend to assist in the care of their teeth. We had such a great time visiting the school and interacting with the kids and the kids really seemed to have a blast as well!

A special thank you to all the participating schools!!!