As individuals and as a team, we recognize the significance of giving back on both local and global levels. It isn’t about an obligation to participate, or a marketing push; it stems from genuine compassion for others, which is a core value we ALL share and practice daily in treating our patient family. Giving back is a vital component of BDP that runs deep and is here to stay! We invite you to read more about these outreaches below.
Dr. Strickland and the team often invite local Girl Scout troops to our office to learn more about dentistry, dental careers, and dental outreach. Not only do they participate in several of our Learning Lab experiments, but also leave understanding more about all of the amazing opportunities that a career in dentistry has to offer. Hosting the Girls Scouts always proves to be a fun and inspiring time for everyone!
Dr. Taylor became connected with the organization Help1Now through his church, which is where his journey in Haiti began. What started out as a dental mission trip has since led to Dr. Taylor partnering with people from across the country through the organization Hope Smiles. Their mission is not only to serve the immediate dental needs of the people, but to create a sustainable model of care — Haitians caring for Haitians. They joined forces with the Haitian Dental School to achieve this vision.
TEXAS MISSION OF MERCY
Over the years, our team has volunteered to serve the people of Texas through Texas Mission of Mercy. These events are held all over Texas and bring together dentists, hygienists, assistants, as well as general members of the community to serve those in need of dental care. Since being founded in 2001, this organization has treated over 30,000 people and donated over $15,000,000 worth of care.
We believe that you can’t truly be part of a community if you don’t reach out and support the local schools! We love to attend school festivals and not only provide fun hands-on experiments, but educate the kids on the mouth-body connection. We’re also honored to support leadership programs, host class field trips to our office, and sponsor local sports teams. BDP has been part of this amazing community for the past 34 years…and we can’t wait to see what the next 34 have in store!
MARY LEE FOUNDATION
Mary Lee Foundation exists to help children & adults with special needs find fulfillment and purpose within themselves and their communities. Often times, these individuals are in need of medical anThed dental care in order to become prepared for the workforce. Dr. Taylor has worked with the foundation to restore the smiles of these wonderful people.
In 2015, we rented the Hays Performing Arts Center and hosted a free screening of the documentary, “Fed Up”, to our community. The film sheds light on the epidemic of sugar consumption in America, and how it not only is leading to a health crisis for our country, but will lead to economic catastrophe if not changed. BDP’s goal in sharing this film was to increase awareness in our community, and unite like-minded people to join forces and make a difference.
ST. DAVID’S FOUNDATION
One of the ways that St. David’s Foundation helps our community is through their fleet of mobile dental units that visit elementary schools. Although they can address basic dental needs of children on the dental vans, when a child needs extensive treatment the Foundation works with local dentists to take them under their wing and donate their services. Dr. Strickland has had the privilege of caring for several of these children and families, and finds that each of their stories is meaningful and unique. She and our team value every opportunity to partner with St. David’s.
Participating in community health fairs is always an important outreach for BDP. We love interacting with those who are seeking ways to improve their oral and systemic health. Dr. Strickland will often perform free oral health care screenings at these events, while our team spends quality time educating attendees on oral health, nutrition, and overall dental care.
CANDY BUY BACK
Our Annual Candy Buy Back is the perfect solution for getting rid of all that excess Halloween candy. We “buy it back” at $1 per pound, and have fun prizes for the participating kids. The candy we collect is donated to Operation Gratitude, which makes care packages for our troops. Over the last 5 years, we have bought back over 1,000 lbs. of candy. The children in our community now look forward to this event each year, and WE look forward to getting more candy “off the streets”!
CAPITAL AREA DENTAL FOUNDATION
The local chapter of the Texas Dental Association has a philanthropic branch, Capital Area Dental Foundation. Dr. Taylor and Dr. Strickland have worked with this organization to fulfill the dental needs of Goodwill Central Texas employees, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians members, and for disabled adults living in our area. They are also advocates for this program through CADF, and encourage their colleagues to join in.
DENTISTRY FROM THE HEART
BDP hosted this full-day event, Dentistry from the Heart that served the people of Hays County by providing dental needs for adults and children. People lined up and waited for many hours to receive treatment that they desperately needed, but simply could not afford. In one day, our team donated over $24,000 worth of dental care to our community.