“I like them!” said William Warfield, who can’t stop looking at his new teeth. “I like them a lot! It’s going to be nice to eat everything.”
Warfield, along with others who were unable to afford quality dental care, finally were able to get their teeth worked on thanks to a not for profit organization, Charitable Smiles.
According to Fox 59, Warfield lives in a community in Indiana that has nearly 30% of its 65-year-old population without a single natural tooth. Warfield had to have all his bottom teeth pulled and dentures put in, but he didn’t mind.
According to an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) survey, virtually all adults (99.7%) surveyed believe that having a healthy smile is socially important.
“You don’t have to worry about, ‘Oh, can people see my broken teeth?'” added Warfield. “They got me in right away because I’d been dealing with both sides of my bottom teeth were just killing me. They pulled that tooth out, I think that day. And then, I went home and then I called them again because my other side started hurting again.”
Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 18.6% of young people ages five to 19 are currently dealing with untreated dental problems; 31.6% for adults aged 20 to 44, and that percentage is much higher for individuals in their 60s and 70s.
Luckily for Warfield and other underprivileged individuals with dental issues, organizations like Charitable Smiles exist.
Charitable Smiles, an Indiana-based organization, works alongside Clarity Dentistry to provide dental assistance to the less fortunate.
“If you’re fortunate enough to have the means to get treatment and to get it taken care of, so you’re not in pain anymore, put yourself in someone’s shoes, that is trying to do the right thing,” said Jake Skelton, founder of Charitable Smiles who paid for Warfield and his wife’s dental procedure. “That is a good person and a good family.”