As a medical professional, you have some duties and responsibilities towards society. Extending free services is just one of them. The medical field can make lives better, and it is one of the most lucrative professions. In addition to your daily consultations and surgeries, you should always align with a cause. It is much similar to companies doing corporate social responsibility (CSR).
You can build your goodwill with community services. Besides, most hospitals have facilities for such services, so you can collaborate with a hospital to make all the arrangements for you. You can even collaborate with a local NGO (non-governmental organization) for the same. Medical camps are pretty standard nowadays, so be a part of one. Here are some community service ideas for dentists.
Involve the Team
Whether you are the head dentist leading a team or a junior, you can participate in such activities. Involve the peers or your immediate team to collaborate and organize dental camps with NGOs. The holiday season is the busiest time for such activities.
You can also advertise on social media. Most NGOs and charities have social media presence today, so it is easier to reach out.
When you or your team members volunteer for any activity, it creates team bonding. Additionally, it allows you to build rapport with patients. Such interaction is generally missing in more formal settings like hospitals and clinics. It is one profession where you can directly impact lives, so go for it!
Host Free Dental Check-up Days
Many people cannot afford dental services. Additionally, Medicare often does not cover many treatments, so such people tend to avoid it. Still, dental health plays a vital role in our lives. Oral problems can lead to other diseases as well. Some of the issues that arise due to inadequate dental hygiene are inflammation, bone issues, and cardiovascular issues.
Among the masses, you will find tooth loss common. Accidents or severe gum problems may be at play. No matter the cause, it is essential to get a tooth replacement done. Otherwise, they may face lots of issues related to speaking and chewing. If they cannot chew their food well, it can lead to digestive problems. As the adjoining teeth move into the gaps, it increases your risk for tooth cavities and gum diseases.
As a dentist, you should diagnose such problems in the oppressed and offer them free services. By doing so, you will be reducing many other health issues. Free dental days see a lot of crowds, so be prepared and at your best.
Go for School Visits and Dental Education
You need to fulfill another duty, being in the medical profession. It is none other than education. Interacting with school children can be a fun activity. Moreover, you can extend your professional community and prospects with the parents’ confidence. Most children avoid visiting the dentist. Thus, they get comfortable when you visit them and offer tips to keep their oral standards up to a mark.
You and your team can set up camps at all the local schools and propagate dental hygiene and upkeep. Also, advise them on the best tooth-friendly diets. You can also donate some cute floss, brushes, and small knickknacks, until next time. You never know, the parents might approach you next time to purchase the same. Moreover, the very same parents can take their kids to your clinic for a check-up or treatment the next time.
Donation drives give you a huge opportunity to give back to society. You can either do it in kind or cash. You may be thinking about this for a long time, but looking for that push. Well, you can start the way you want to. Get your team along, visit charities and NGOs, and donate foodstuff, clothes, educational items, and other valuable goods. Apart from such places, you can also head to homeless shelters, women’s shelters, nursing homes, and orphanages.
Some of the donation drives occur on a seasonal basis. You can choose holiday season camps when many children and people are without a cover on their back. Donate woolens during such sub-zero times and count your blessings. There is no shortage of communities needing your help and assistance. You have to know where to look. With such services, you also impact your staff and organization. Thus, you can build a better reputation.
These are just a few ways you can help your community. Create some promotional posts on social media and see the response. You can also print flyers and get them distributed across the city. More people need your assistance than you think, so foster goodwill anywhere you go.