A pearly white outlook

A local nonprofit provides dental services to those in need.



Neil Hasty, D.D.S., and Michael Smith, Ph.D.

Imagine having a toothache that interferes with daily activities and disrupts your concentration. Now, imagine being unable to afford treatment.

Since 2003, Eastern Oklahoma Donated Dental Services Inc. (EODDS) has provided free dental services, preventive dental education and oral health supplies to older Oklahomans and people with disabilities or low income. 

Tulsans Pam Beard and Margaret Lippert worked for a similiar dental organization based in Oklahoma City. When that group considered closing its Tulsa office, the two proposed a similar venture to the Tulsa County Dental Society. Beard and Lippert joined forces with three other Tulsa dentists to start the nonprofit.

“Dr. Michael Kinkaid was just adamant about doing something in Tulsa,” says Michael H. Smith, EODDS executive director. “When you think about a person’s overall health ... there are different agencies to address all these issues, and when somebody has dental problems, that affects your whole life. That affects everything. I’ve had a toothache. I know how miserable that can be.”

More than 300 member dentists provided $4.4 million in donated dental services in 2013. Member dentists apply and are vetted before joining the program, which offers continuing education credits.

In addition to the dentists’ donated time, funding from foundations supports the program. Most of the funds go toward dental supplies. 

“So many of these dentists, you call them and say, ‘I’ve got a situation here, and it’s kind of an emergency,’” Smith says. “Just as quick as you can get it out, they say, ‘Send them over right now. We’ll find a way to work them in.’”

Smith says EODDS has grown into the largest dental outreach program in the country, due in part to the need, but also because of the generosity of the community.  

Eastern Oklahoma residents can apply for services online at www.eodds.org or by calling 918-742-5544. One program serves people age 65 and older who have disabilities and receive income only from Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income. The second program works with low-income individuals. 

EODDS partners with the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless; the Women in Recovery program of Family & Children’s Services; and Healthy Women, Healthy Futures, a program of The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Nursing. 

Smith joined EODDS this year after hearing about it from Kinkaid, his personal dentist. Smith knew he’d like working at the nonprofit when he retired; as a licensed professional counselor, observable results emerged more slowly than with EODDS. 

“You get immediate gratification seeing these people before and after,” Smith says. “I know this is a cosmetic issue for so many, but it’s so much more than that.”

 

EODDS and women in recovery

EODDS has served more than 160 Women in Recovery (WIR) participants since 2010. Participants receive free dental work, from filling minor cavities and root canals to major dental surgery and dentures.

Mimi Tarrasch, WIR executive senior program director, describes the partnership as nothing short of amazing. 

WIR is an alternative for eligible women who face incarceration for drug-related offenses. The program works with the court system and community partners to provide supervision, substance abuse and mental health treatment, education, workforce readiness training and family reunification services.

“A WIR participant received a full set of dentures, and that changed everything,” Tarrasch says. Along with the increased opportunity for employment, “her self-esteem improved dramatically, her look softened and her outlook was much, much brighter,” she says.

“That is a huge gift for WIR participants who desperately need the services but are unable to afford them.”

The effects registered with Smith when he attended a WIR graduation.  

“They all got up and told their stories,” Smith says. “When they got up there, it showed a before-and-after picture. A lot of those women wouldn’t open their mouths. That ‘after’ picture was nothing but smiles from ear to ear.”

Tarrasch says dental care is a critical, life-changing part of the WIR program. 

“Women report being treated respectfully and know they are receiving the same quality care that a paying patient receives,” Tarrasch says. “The best part is when they leave the program and begin working, along with the hope they can maintain visits to their dentist and pay for services themselves.”

 

EODDS in the future

In 2013, Smith says EODDS funding sources provided $5.97 in dental services for every $1 granted. 

“Our goal is going from $5.97 to $6.25,” he says. “We want to give something back. We want to make every dollar go as far as we can.” 

EODDS, a Tulsa Area United Way agency, hopes to expand and is seeking member dentists throughout the area.

 

EODDS by the numbers

2,194 new patients

5,613 total dental visits

4,010 total hours donated

An average of 183 patients received
services per month

Source: EODDS 2013 end-of-year report

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This photographic journey shines a bright light on true game-changers who had something poignant, meaningful and often prophetic to say – people who pondered, practiced, processed and...

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Where:
Zarrow Center for Art & Education
124 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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In this exhibition, 108 | Contemporary will feature Oklahoma artist members by hosting a juried survey of their work. Included pieces will be constructed from fiber, wood, ceramics, metal, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
108|Contemporary
108 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108|Contemporary
Contact Name: Ellen McGivern

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Contact improv is about choices, listening, sharing and generosity. It is a partner dance form based on the physical principles of touch, momentum, shared weight, and most quintessentially -...

Cost: $18.75 or $15 with punch card

Where:
Fly Loft studio 3
117 N Boston
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Lefty's On Greenwood
10 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Fassler Hall
304 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Osage Casino Tulsa - NINE18 Bar
951 W 36th St N
Tulsa, OK
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The Oklahoma Music Educators Association presents concerts featuring their Honor Band, All-State chorus, and All-State instrumental ensemble.

Cost: $18

Where:
Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa PAC
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK
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Centennial Lounge at VFW Post 577
1109 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $13-$54

Where:
BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Bistro at Seville
10021 S Yale Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Crystal Skull
1005 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Wyld Hawgz
6151 E 31st St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $13-$54

Where:
BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Philbrook Downtown hosts a special conversation with guest curator Colin Tuis Nesbit on the New/Now show, which features works by Tulsa Artist Fellows. The show will feature behind-the-scenes...

Cost: $20

Where:
Philbrook Downtown
116 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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The Run
3141 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa, OK
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The Starlite
1902 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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This marks the first time this remarkable collection has been exhibited internationally. OKCMOA will present some of the most important works from the Victoria and Albert’s outstanding...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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For only January and February - four-legged family members can join you for a walk at the Botanic Garden - Fridays and Saturdays in January and February only.  Dogs must be on a leash (no...

Cost: FREE for Garden members and member dogs; Regular admission for non-members and $

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
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This marks the first time this remarkable collection has been exhibited internationally. OKCMOA will present some of the most important works from the Victoria and Albert’s outstanding...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Opening to the public on Thursday, Nov. 16, the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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This photographic journey shines a bright light on true game-changers who had something poignant, meaningful and often prophetic to say – people who pondered, practiced, processed and...

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Where:
Zarrow Center for Art & Education
124 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-631-4400
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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival, Arthouse 18 presents the quintessential photo exhibit of this groundbreaking rock festival. The photographs are from the...

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Where:
Zarrow Center for Art & Education
124 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-631-4400
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All children ages 13 and under, accompanied by an adult, will be allowed in to all 2017-18 ORU Athletics ticketed sports. ALL KIDS – IT’S FREE! is strictly a promotion. These tickets have no...

Cost: $12, $17, $22

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Sponsor: Mabee Center
Telephone: 918-495-6000
Contact Name: Box Office
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Green up your surroundings in January! Register now for this hands-on workshop where you will create a living art piece (12" x 12") of succulents nestled into a wood frame. You can keep...

Cost: $85 for Garden members; $95 for non-members

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
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In this exhibition, 108 | Contemporary will feature Oklahoma artist members by hosting a juried survey of their work. Included pieces will be constructed from fiber, wood, ceramics, metal, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
108|Contemporary
108 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108|Contemporary
Contact Name: Ellen McGivern

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Toyland Ball, held every January, is The Parent Child Center of Tulsa’s annual signature fundraising event. This black tie gala with a whimsical theme offers an elegant evening of dinner and...

Cost: $300-$25,000

Where:
Cox Business Center
100 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: The Parent Child Center of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-599-7999
Contact Name: Melody Hughes
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All children ages 13 and under, accompanied by an adult, will be allowed in to all 2017-18 ORU Athletics ticketed sports. ALL KIDS – IT’S FREE! is strictly a promotion. These tickets have no...

Cost: $12, $17, $22

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Sponsor: Mabee Center
Telephone: 918-495-6000
Contact Name: Box Office
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Planned Parenthood Great Plains hosts this Women's March after-party, which will feature a Feminist Art Wall where purchases benefit Planned Parenthood.

Where:
Mainline
111 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) hosts a Swing dance and lessons  The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) is the only UNESCO recognized dance organization in Oklahoma.  We are a 501c3...

Cost: $7

Where:
Community Center - South Minister Presby Church
3500 So Peoria
1/2 west of Peoria, on 35pl behind the church
Tulsa, OK  74102
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Sponsor: The Ok Swing Syndicate
Telephone: 918-450-691
Contact Name: Rita Robbins
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The Spontaniacs! present “The 2018 Show”.  Yes, it's really here!  The show that's been 2,018 years coming!  Join us now as centuries of anticipation culminate at...

Cost: $8.00

Where:
pH Community House
306 S Phoenix Ave
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: The Spontaniacs!
Telephone: 918-521-9345
Contact Name: Eric Peterson
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Where:
El Coyote Manco
2160 S Garnett Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Crystal Skull
1005 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $20-$35

Where:
Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Magoo's Billiards
5002 S Memorial Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Lot No. 6
1323 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Lefty's On Greenwood
10 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK
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C'Yote Club
822 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Bull and Bear Tavern
5800 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $13-$54

Where:
BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Making plans for this weekend? You can't do better than The Drunkard & The Olio at the historic Spotlight Theater. You know you've always wanted to go, and now's your chance. And if...

Cost: Adults $20, kids $12, seniors & military $17

Where:
Spotlight Theater
1381 Riverside Dr.
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Cost: $10-$40

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $15-$44

Where:
Reynolds Center
3208 E 8th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $37-$62

Where:
Brady Theater
105 W M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK
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Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Bad Ass Renee's
6373 E 31st St
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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The Mindfreak unplugged.

Cost: $99-$129

Where:
The Joint at Hard Rock Casino
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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The Quartet in Residence at The University of Delaware, Serafin String Quartet takes its name from master luthier Sanctus Serafin, who in 1728 crafted the violin SSQ violinist Kate Ransom plays.

Where:
Gussman Concert Hall, Lorton Performance Center
550 S Gary Pl
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $35-$55

Where:
River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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This free event will feature yoga workshops and lectures on alternative forms of medicine, including Reiki, Ayurveda, and herbal health.

Where:
Peace of Mind Books
1401 E 15th St
Tulsa, OK
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The Scottish Club of Tulsa and ScotFest host their annual tribute to the national bard of Scotland, Robert Burns. The event features a haggis dinner, scotch whisky,and readings of Burns' poetry.

Cost: $70-$110

Where:
Wyndham Hotel Tulsa
10918 E 41st St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $15-$44

Where:
Reynolds Center
3208 E 8th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10-$40

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $13-$54

Where:
BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Wyld Hawgz
6151 E 31st St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Fur Shop
520 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Pit Stop
816 Sheridan
Tulsa, OK
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The Run
3141 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Osage Casino Tulsa - NINE18 Bar
951 W 36th St N
Tulsa, OK
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