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Bergenfield Dentists Offer Free Dental Care for Dumont, New Milford residents

January 20, 2012

Bergenfield, NJ—–Dr. Mariliza LaCap and Dr. Darren Tong, residents of Old Tappan, will provide a day of FREE dentistry for children ages 16 and below as part of the National Childrenʼs Dental Health Month. This will be their seventh year in providing this most needed service. Last year they provided a value of over $25,000 of dentistry.

Doctors and Team members volunteer their time. Give Kids A Smile”, will be held on February 10 (Friday) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at Washington Dental Associates located at 19 Legion Drive in Bergenfield.

Our office is one of a few offices in the Bergen County area participating in this program.  “Itʼs heartbreaking to see a childʼs smile destroyed by severe tooth decay.” said Dr LaCap. “Imagine not being able to eat, sleep or pay attention in school because you have a mouthful of toothaches. Itʼs tragic. In this tough economic times when parents are loosing their jobs, it’s even more important for us to give back to the community and help out.  All the Doctors and team members in our office volunteer their time.  We work with an amazing group of people who are giving and caring.”

Expected growth in appointments this year will be due to the high unemployment rate in New Jersey, the explosive growth of children living in poverty and more families opting to forgo dental insurance and treatment in order to help pay for other essential living expenses.

“Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in America and it is 100% preventable.” says Dr. Tong, a Columbia University graduate and pediatric dentist.   “The more we keep pushing this message out to the public and those who can help us reach this goal, the faster we can put our children on the road to becoming cavity free.”

“Giving back to the community that has supported our office is also important to us”, says Dr. Tong. “This program will touch the lives of so many of new Jerseyʼs children who need oral healthcare and instruction. I am proud to be a part of this special day of giving.”

“Our focus this year is the Northern New Jersey community. We are hoping to serve children whose parents cannot afford to provide dental health care,” said Dr. LaCap, a Columbia University Alumnus who has been practicing dentistry for over 19 years with her husband Dr. Tong.

Qualified children (children with NJ Care card, medicaid or whose parentʼs simply can’t afford the dentistry needed) should call and make an appointment.  “These appointments fill up quickly. We usually have to turn people away,” says Larni, the front office manager. The children will receive a comprehensive dental exam, any emergency treatment, oral healthcare instruction, fluoride treatment and free dental hygiene material including toothbrush, toothpaste and floss.

If your children or any children you know qualifies for this program, please call their office at (201) 384-2425 and mention the “Give Kids a Smile” progam. They are also looking for more dental assistants or hygienists to volunteer their time on this special day of giving, please give them a call or visit their website at www.WashingtonDentalNJ.com and click on “Giving back to the Community”.

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Video of Dumont, Bergenfield, New Milford Dentists Providing Free Dentistry

March 11, 2011

A Day of Free Dentistry Click on the link to the left to see a video of what happened that day.

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Bergenfield and New Milford, NJ Dentists provides $25,000 of Dental care FREE

Two local dentists from Old Tappan , Dr. Mariliza LaCap her husband Dr. Darren Tong of Washington Dental Associates provided a day of free preventive dentistry, fillings, cleanings and emergency dental care for children ages 16 and under.  The children did not have access elsewhere due to financial reasons.  “Sometimes people need a helping hand—-this is just our way of showing we care”, said Dr. LaCap.  By the end of the day, over $25,000 of dentistry was provided.  This was their sixth year in providing this most needed service.

This special day of giving was held on February 18 (Friday) in their dental office, 19 Legion Drive in Bergenfield.  A big thanks goes to  Dr. Kim, Joanne Pascual, Lindsay Calderon, Lisa LaFazia, Jodi Wagmeister, Lourdes Sy, and Letty Morales for volunteering their time.  All are team members of Washington Dental Associates.  Also, a big shout out to the Bergenfield fire department for keeping the children busy with their firetruck tour.

The children who came to the office were treated to home baked cookies, oral hygiene instruction, a cleaning, fluoride treatment and free dentistry.

“This is wonderful that the doctors and their team do this for my children,” related a grateful Mom.  “My children really feel special here.  They are treated with dignity and patience.  Everyone at the office are genuinely caring people.”

For more questions or information on Children’s Dentistry the Doctors can be reached at (201)384-2425 or visit their website at www.WashingtonDentalNJ.com

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