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Waipahu Dental Clinic Raising Funds For Good Beginnings

Dr. Greg Hurtado

Waipahu dentist Greg Hurtado is offering a deal on teeth whitening now through June.

Not only can patients purchase a teeth-whitening kit at a discounted rate

-$149 for what is usually $300 – but all proceeds that Hurtado Dental makes from the kits will go toward helping children here in Hawaii and throughout the world.

As a part of the Smiles for Life Campaign, Hurtado Dental will help raise funds for a variety of organizations that serve ill, disabled or disadvantaged children.

“Everybody wins,” Hurtado said of the campaign. “(Patients) are going to look better, they are going to feel better and they would be doing it for a great cause … None of the money goes to the dentists.”

The campaign is run through the Crown Council, an alliance of dentists who strive to improve their own practices as well as the communities around them.

“(Smiles for Life) is one of the big programs that we do to generate the money so we can give back,” Hurtado explained.

All proceeds that Hurtado Dental generates from sales of its home whitening kits during this time will benefit the campaign.

Each participating dentist selects a local charity. Half of the money from the whitening campaign goes toward their selected charity, while the other half goes to the Smiles for Life Foundation, which distributes the funds to a range of groups nationally and internationally.

Over the eight years that Hurtado’s office has been involved with Smiles for Life, they have raised about $27,000. This year, they’re trying to raise more funds than ever before, and have set a monetary goal at a lofty $15,000. Hurtado and his team have chosen to donate their proceeds to nonprofit Good Beginnings Alliance.

“We are very happy with whom we are partnering this year,” he said. “(Good Beginnings Alliance) focuses on speaking out for Hawaii’s children, whether it be from an educational or health platform.”

One of Hurtado’s favorite parts of Smiles for Life over the years has been attending an annual Crown Council event. Here, the dentists get to hear about where the funds that they helped to raise have gone – and all of the children throughout the world who have benefitted. Some of the funds, for example, have gone as far as the Dominican Republic for community and economic development programs.

And anybody is welcome to participate, whether or not they are a regular patient of Hurtado’s.

“We are trying to get as many people as we can, because it only benefits them and others,” Hurtado explained.

Each whitening tray will be customized for each individual patient. Plus, there is no additional charge for the appointment.

To schedule an appointment and start the smiles rolling, call 678-3000 or visit the dentist’s website, hurtadodental.com.

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