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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.

Our Story

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.

Our Goals

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.

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Our Community Projects

We participate in numerous community events and charitable organizations, and we love having a chance to give back. Some of our annual projects include:

October is Susan G. Komen & Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We realize you have many choices when it comes to finding the right Bergenfield and Tappan dentist, and we're thankful you've chosen our practice for your dental needs. As a way of saying "thank you" and supporting a cause we truly believe in, if you donate $10 or more to the Susan Komen foundation of North Jersey to help us support breast cancer awareness, we'll give you $50 in dental services!

Many years ago, one of our lovely hygienists, Diane, lost her mother and her sister to breast cancer. One year later, she discovered she had the genetic marker for breast cancer. She made the painful decision to go forward with a mastectomy to avoid the same fate. During this same year, two of our patients went through treatment and survived breast cancer. In honor of survivors everywhere and in memory of those who have lost their lives to breast cancer, we have supported and donated to cancer awareness, along with Susan Komen foundation of New Jersey each year.

You can also show your Support through the month of October with your very own stylish Pink Swarovski Crystal Smile for a $25 donation. 100% of this donation will go towards the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The Pink Swarovski Crystal is applied to the tooth with a temporary dental adhesive. It is safe, and takes less than 5 minutes for a dentist to apply. After the month of October, we can remove it for you, or you can keep it on as long as you'd like. "Everyone knows a friend or family member who has been diagnosed with or survived breast cancer. Call our office to make an appointment and Smile Pink for the cure.

Halloween Candy Buy Back

What’s a ghost’s favorite candy? BOO-ble gum!

At Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to Washington Dental Associates in Bergenfield or Smile More Dentistry and Smile More Kidz in Tappan to receive $1 for every pound of candy, and a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Toys R Us.

What are we going to do with all that candy? The doctors are working with Operation Gratitude who will ship the candy to our troops overseas. “The soldiers look forward to these care packages full of treats because it reminds them of home. They know we are thinking about them," said Dr. LaCap. "Not to worry about our troops and tooth decay, we will also be sending them toothbrushes!"

“Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating and maybe eat a few of their favorite candies. Eating all the candy from trick-or-treating can do a lot of damage. Exchanging the excess candy for toys, games and prizes is much healthier and more fun,” said Dr. Tong, “Plus, if you bring in 5lbs or more, your child can get a free sealant worth $75.”

Giving Back to Our Veterans

In addition to shipping the extra candy from our Halloween Candy Buy Back Day to our troops overseas, we also provide one free treatment for active and retired US military on Veteran’s Day, November 11th. We invite any current or former military member to visit us for a free cleaning, filling, or tooth extraction, and give us the opportunity to say, “Thank you for your service.” Our Tappan and Bergenfield dentists also offer veterans 30% off their dental services throughout the entire month of November.

“Veteran’s Day is one of the most important days of the year. It is time to recognize and honor those who have served our country. Within the last few years, Nina, one of our wonderful hygienists, lost her cousin while he was serving our country. This is so heartbreaking. We support and appreciate every man and woman who serves our country in the past, present, and future,” says Dr. LaCap.

Dentistry from the Heart

On the last Friday of March, we do not schedule appointments with our regular patients. Instead, we open our doors to kids 12 and under who need dental care, but who would not have access to the dentistry treatments they need due to financial difficulty. This is yet another way that Dr. LaCap takes the opportunity to help kids in our communities, and in the past several years, more than $100,000 in dental services have been provided to kids as part of the Dentistry from the Heart Program. This program was started by a team of dentists and dental professionals in Florida with the goal of providing free dentistry services for those in need around the world, and our Bergenfield and Tappan dentists are proud to participate in the Dentistry form the Heart program each year.

The children who come to the office are treated to home baked cookies, oral hygiene instruction, a cleaning, fluoride treatment, and free dentistry to repair smiles and relieve pain. “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.”

Teacher & Nurse Appreciation

During the second week of May, we offered special incentives for our teachers and nurses. They receive a special $50 certificate toward any treatment at our office as well as one for a complimentary exam, X-rays, and dental consultation (a $250 value)! That’s a sweet deal we’ve created just to say thank you during Teachers & Nurses Appreciation Week. We sincerely appreciate everything teachers and nurses do in our community. Between educating our children and nursing the sick back to health, we know your job is important, and so are you!

Giving Back to our Hometown through Bantay Bata

Bantay Bata is a child welfare program that not only rescues and rehabilitates sick and abused children, but also provides shelter, therapy, and quality home care for rescued children until they can be reunited with their families or referred to proper child care services. Through the years, our office has had “White-a-thons” and “Sealant-a-thons” to help raise money for this organization. Please do not hesitate to ask about any upcoming promotions, or how you can donate to this great cause.

  

World Mission Partners

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We participated in a mission trip to the Dominican Republic and Haiti offering humanitarian aid, dental care, oral hygiene, and public education. We also accepted and matched flip-flop donations, and provided donated clothing items. Your continued generosity is our strength!

Costa Rica Mission Partners& Abraham Project Mission

In August of 2015, we worked with Costa Rica Mission Partners (CRMP) and the Abraham Project Mission to lend a hand helping those who need it most. Drs. Tong and MacLaga, as well as team members, Ana DeJesus and Lisa LaFazia and Dr. Tong’s sons, Brandon and Stephen, assisted in the clinical area, providing dental care. Dr. LaCap and the other three children, Tyler, Jason, and Lauren, worked hands on with young people distributing necessary items and toys to children in a local orphanage. We’re so happy our families, both at work and home, had this opportunity to lend a helping hand in Costa Rica.