A Smile Returned: Helping Survivors of Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault


Domestic Violence Survivors Helped by East Bay Dentists


Total Health Dental Care’s “A Smile Returned” program provided complimentary dental makeovers to three patients who suffered injuries from domestic violence. 


OAKLAND (October 9, 2017) – Coinciding with October’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the National Week of Action beginning October 15, Total Health Dental Care has resolved the dental issues for three domestic violence survivors. Through its charitable program called “A Smile Returned,” three of the practice’s dentists provided restorative and cosmetic dentistry, completely free of charge, to patients who suffered dental injuries due to domestic violence.

The injuries were extensive, requiring treatment that carries a retail value of up to $20,000 for each patient. But Total Health Dental Care provided complimentary work for three main reasons: to help survivors start a new chapter in life, to show its commitment to oral and total health, and give back to the community.

“It saddens me that anyone should have to endure the pain and shame associated with domestic violence,” said Dr. Sepand Hokmabadi, DDS, the directing dentist of Total Health Dental Care. “A healthy, attractive smile is vitally important to confidence, self-esteem, and wellbeing, not to mention its systemic implications. To see it compromised by domestic violence is truly
heartbreaking. I wanted to make a difference in their lives and give back the health-related and psychological benefits associated with healthy teeth and gums.”

Each of the three patients resides in the East Bay. To become eligible for the program, they had to complete an application that both affirmed the source of their injuries and confirmed they had worked with a counselor or clergy.

Three dentists, in three of Total Health Dental Care’s four East Bay offices, provided the dentistry over the course of the summer. (One patient’s treatment is just now concluding.)

“We had a lot of interest in this program which, unfortunately, indicates the degree of domestic violence in our community,” continues Dr. Hokmabadi. “But I’m touched we were able to affect three lives so positively and significantly. I hope they smile often and can put the trauma of domestic violence behind them.”



A Smile Returned has concluded for 2017. However, if you, or someone you know, needs dental work due to domestic violence or sexual assault, contact us. We’ll do our best to help.



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