I am an advocate for the program.
Hello, my name is Kevin Landingham. I am a disabled veteran in the signal corp serving from 1982-1985. I am also a dialysis patient since April 2013 to the present. When I started dialysis I ate candy all the time to counter-act the bad taste from the different medicines that are administered intravenously. I didn’t realize at the time that I was getting cavities from all the sugar until one tooth started to hurt. That’s when I started to looking for dental care to get it pulled. I found out that by not having dental coverage I could not afford to get it taken care of so I started looking for an alternative. After about a month of suffering and looking for help I came across Volunteer For Dental. I was at the VA for an appointment and asked about dental help. The VA referred me over to Volunteer For Dental and I called Suzanne Tanis. I talked to Suzanne and went to her dental class. It was very informative and I realized that I wasn’t taking care of my teeth. Luckily the class helped me gain knowledge on what I should be doing to keep my mouth healthy. I did my community service at Hope’s Outlet in Muskegon where I would help the elderly with their purchases, stock shelves, clean the store, hang clothes or whatever needed to be done. I found that serving people was very fulfilling, it made me feel better about getting my dental care for free, and improved my self-esteem. Suzanne scheduled me to see Dr. Leitner, a dentist in Grand Haven. He and his staff welcomed me as if I had dental insurance. Dr. Leitner is an advocate of the program. He tackled my teeth wholeheartedly and repaired 13 cavities and extracted 2 teeth. He appreciated what I was doing for his services and I appreciated getting my teeth repaired and the absence of pain in my mouth. I owe it all to Volunteer For Dental and Dr. Leitner! I am an advocate for the program so I tell people all the time about it and how to get started. Also, it goes even one step further than helping yourself for dental care. You can volunteer for someone else who needs dental care and get service for them. Your friend, relative, mother, father may not be able to do the volunteer service but you can do it for them which is wonderful! I myself continued on after my dental issues were taken care of and did the volunteer service for my mother. Now me and my mother have no more pain and we can smile again thanks to Volunteer For Dental. Thank you!