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Dentist Joins Group Providing Dental Care to Children in the Dominican Republic

November 2, 2017

(Nov. 2, 2017) – Local Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC) dentist, Dr. Shana Hernandez, recently traveled to Nagua, Dominican Republic for a three-day mission trip with 60 professional peers to offer dental care and treatment to students at four schools. The group of dentists provided oral health care to nearly 2,000 children and donated dental supplies to the local dentist office to support continued care. For most of the children, it was their first dental visit.

“Healthy teeth and gums are vital to overall health, so it is essential to teach children appropriate dental hygiene practices,” said Dr. Hernandez, a pediatric dentist at GEDC’s Coral Springs – Atlantic Blvd location. “In addition to teaching children the importance of proper dental hygiene, my trip to the Dominican Republic gave me an opportunity to provide the necessary dental supplies to support continued efforts moving forward.”

During her trip, Dr. Hernandez, the only pediatric dentist on-site, provided a wide range of services, including fillings, extractions, and preventative treatment. GEDC team are highly specialized in the field of pedodontic dentistry (dental treatment for children). Here in the states, GEDC offers a warm and friendly environment for the youngest patients, making their trip to the dentist a positive one, so Dr. Hernandez sought to emulate that experience for the children she served in the Dominican Republic.

“We are proud of Dr. Hernandez’s volunteer efforts supporting children and families locally- and in this case- around the world.” said Richard Beckman, CEO of GEDC. “Children deserve to have a smile they are excited to show, and we are honored to have professionals on our team that share that same mindset.”

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For nearly 40 years, Great Expressions Dental Centers has been a leader in preventative dental care, orthodontics and specialty care with offices in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. Great Expressions is consistently recognized for contributions to improving oral health through quality and safety initiatives, affordable dental care services, patient convenience, research and more. Great Expressions Dental Centers branded practices are independently-owned and operated in specific states by licensed dentists and their professional entities who employ the licensed professionals providing dental treatment and services. ADG, LLC provides administrative and business support services and licenses the Great Expressions Dental Centers brand name to independently-owned and operated dental practices. ADG does not own or operate dental practices, or employ the licensed professionals providing dental treatment and services. For more information, please visit


Megan McCarl, on behalf of Great Expressions Dental Centers
Lambert, Edwards & Associates

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