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ADA Philanthropy Day SmileCon Gives Back to Houston Local Youth

Dr. Christopher Chris C. Babcock, DMD and MD, is a Louisville, Kentucky, oral surgeon who belongs to several professional organizations. In addition to his role at Louisville Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, Christopher C. Babcock, MD, is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), one of the country’s premier professional dental organizations.

In October 2022, the ADA hosted its Philanthropy Day (SmileCon) to support the national Give Kids a Smile Program and to help Houston’s underserved youth. While local youth were the focus of the day’s activities, the effort also helps youth nationally.

Numerous activities took place, including events such as SmileDash 5K in Downtown Houston and the Give Kids a Smile Pack & Give Back. For the latter, participants packed around 1,000 backpacks, filling them with nutritious food, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and oral health education cards.

In a collaboration between the ADA and the Houston Food Bank, the packs went to area youth who are food insecure, supplying them with nutritional assistance on the weekend and giving them oral healthcare supplies.

The day included other events such as visits from the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures mobile dental van for dental screenings, DENT Talks featuring speakers talking about volunteering, and Philanthropy CHAT (connect, huddle, talk).

Types Of Dental Implants Available To You

Dr. Chris Babcock, DMD., is a dental health professional who studied dentistry at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. As an oral and maxillofacial staff surgeon at Louisville Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, Christopher C. Babcock, MD., is responsible for placing dental implants for patients.

Implants are custom ordered, designed to fit into the bone beneath the gums, and made of a titanium alloy. They function like natural tooth roots and can be customized to match your specific needs. Implants can be used for any type of tooth loss, and there are varieties. Endosteal, subperiosteal, and zygomatic implants are the three most prevalent forms of implants.

Endosteal is the most common and the safest; they are suitable for most patients. However, these implants must be fused to a healthy jawbone. They’re screw-shaped and serve as placeholders that set where the fake teeth will be inserted in the jaw. Subperiosteal implants are a common substitute for endosteal. These are not fastened to the jawbone but sit on the bone, just under the gums. Lastly, zygomatic implants, the most uncommon type accessible, are difficult and complex and are best saved for when there is insufficient jawbone for the endosteal implant. Rather than the jawbone, the implant is set in the patient’s cheekbone.