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San Francisco Cosmetic Dentist Applauds ADA Foundation Disaster Response
Dec 16, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- The East Coast was blasted by Hurricane Sandy October 2012, and residents of New Jersey, New York and beyond took cover. The American Dental Association Foundation acted quickly to develop an emergency grant for dentists affected by the storm.
San Francisco cosmetic dentist Dr. Greg Larson endorses the ADA Foundation's new grant, as it helped dentists access food, water, shelter and clothing after Sandy's destruction. Larson practices sedation dentistry on the West Coast, and he knows how quickly a disaster can level a dental practice.
The emergency grant gave dentists $1,000 for essential supplies to recover from Hurricane Sandy. The standing Disaster Assistance Grant helps dentists and emergency dental providers recover from property damage and loss. This $5,000 grant involves a more in-depth application process, including proof of insurance history and financial need. Dentists can apply for this grant within 60 days of the disaster.
Larson, who is also a sleep apnea dentist in San Francisco, was touched to learn dentists on the East Coast organized to help partners in need. Dr. Paul Chu, director of St. Barnabas Hospital's Pediatric Dentistry Residency, rallied 20 coworkers to help repair Dr. Brett King's home in Queens, N.Y.
"His basement was destroyed, but he was lucky," Chu says. "The two houses next to him had been burned down and were no longer there."
King, an oral surgeon, purchased his Rockaway Peninsula home three months before.
But Sandy isn't the first storm to affect dental practices. Dr. Brian Silverman's practice was flooded in 2011 after Hurricane Irene. The Disaster Assistance Grant helped Silverman financially, as he didn't have flood insurance.
"I went from assuming that I was not going to get any money from the insurance companies or anywhere else to having kind of stumbled upon this ADA grant," Silverman says.
The grant money helped Silverman replace carpeting, remove molded insulation, replace insulation and put his practice back together.
Larson hopes the support for dentists in times of disaster will continue. His office continues to provide skilled oral care and teeth whitening in greater San Francisco.
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The Larson Dentistry team offers extensive dental care for San Francisco patients. Dr. Greg Larson stays current in his field by attending more than 200 hours of continuing education each year and mentoring other dentists worldwide.
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