Paying it Forward for the Next Generation
It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. ~ALBERT EINSTEIN
At Washington Dental Associates, Smile More Dentistry, and Smile More Kidz, we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve and maintain their optimal level of oral health in order to help them lead healthier, happier lives. What many patients don’t know is that our team is just as dedicated to helping our friends and neighbors in Bergenfield, Tappan, and around the globe, whether or not they’re our patients. Our Bergenfield and Tappan dentists and dentistry team members participate in numerous community events, activities, and organization to promote healthy lifestyles and give to those in need. If you want to learn more about some of our community activities, keep reading. We would love to hear from you if you have events and activities that we can help with, so please don’t hesitate to give our team a call or talk to us during your next visit.
Dr. LaCap is the founder of our three dental offices, and she and her husband, Dr. Tong, are the proud parents of five children. They feel blessed to have such an abundance of gifts in their lives, and they are dedicated to sharing with others. We truly believe in paying it forward.
As a child, Dr. LaCap’s parents struggled to afford the dental care needed for Dr. LaCap and her siblings. She has experienced the difficulty of sitting in class with tooth pain, and she never wants to see this happen to other children. While Dr. LaCap’s childhood was happy and she knows her parents worked hard and did their best, she also knows from personal experience that sometimes people need a helping hand. She knows because a dentist gave her family the help they needed. The dentist offered Dr. LaCap and her brothers the dental care they needed to remove dental infection and relieve toothache pain.
This kind and gentle dentist gave Dr. LaCap her first experience with how a dentist’s generosity can impact lives. As an adult, Dr. LaCap is passionate about giving this same gift to other children and families in need of a helping hand. Whether she’s volunteering as a troop leader, class mom, and confirmation teacher or providing free dentistry in our practice and on mission trips around the world, Dr. LaCap loves having the opportunity to help kids smile. If you want to help our dentists and team members offer dentistry from the heart, we welcome your involvement as a volunteer or through donations. Your time, talent, and dollars will all be put to good use helping those in need right here in Tappan and Bergenfield and around the world.
For the past 25 years, our office has donated over $150,000 in dental work to children and adults in communities both near and far. We believe there is power in paying forward the kindness and generosity that has been shown to us. Dr. Tong and Dr. LaCap feel blessed to work with such an amazing team of dental experts, and they love having the opportunity to share their time and talents with those in need. They believe that giving frees them from the familiar territory of their own needs by opening their hearts to the world occupied by the needs of others, and they love to give back any way they can. Because of Dr. LaCap’s personal experience, dental care for children holds a special place in her heart, and she and Dr. Tong are the proud parents of 5 children of their own. To return to the kindness she received as a child, Dr. LaCap loves heling kids, and most of the charitable work we do has to do with children.
Nominate a Child
Every February, we participate in Give Kids a Smile month. This program was created by the American Dental Association in 2003, and since its creation, more than five million kids have received the dental care they need. You can nominate a child or family for this program through our Tappan and Bergenfield dentist and team at Smile More Kidz. The eligibility requirements are simple. We’re looking for families who are currently having financial difficulty that makes it challenging to maintain their kids’ dental health. The families will also need to be willing to participate in publicity. This publicity is not for our dental office. We want other dental practices and patients to learn about this local community program, so we can reach more kids who need our help. We want to spread the word about the joys of paying it forward.
You can nominate a child or family each year, and we will have nomination forms available. Contact Smile More Kidz to find out more about this this program. We ask that you discuss the program with the parents before nominating children. If your children are in need of care, we are happy to receive nominations directly from you, so please feel free to reach out to us.