The concept of the Dentists Who Care For ME event was an idea of dentist Dr. Demi Kouzounas.
“It’s just something that we thought we could do for people,” said Dr. Kouzounas, one of the key organizers of the event who helps promote the program, along with the Maine Dental Association. “For a lot of people, just one appointment a year can make a big difference.”
The event began 11 years ago when Kouzounas and another dentist, Dr. Barry Saltz of Scarborough, organized Portland-area dentists and specialists to volunteer their services for people in need. Since then, more than 4,000 patients have been seen and nearly $1.3 million dollars worth of free dental services have been provided.