We are excited to share that Dr. Craig S. Armstrong, DDS was recently elected President-elect of the Texas Dental Association (TDA). The announcement was made in May at The Texas Meeting – the Annual Session of the TDA. He will serve for one year, representing the TDA to the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Armstrong is looking forward to having the opportunity to attend a number of events as President. He thanks Dr. Tommy Harrison of Katy, who nominated him for the role.
The TDA was chartered in 1871. It is currently the third largest state dental association in the country, with over 9,000 members. One of the most fulfilling aspects of the TDA is it’s involvement with charitable activities through the TDA Smiles Foundation:
Texas Mission of Mercy (TMOM): A mobile dental clinic that travels throughout Texas to provide basic dental care free of charge to uninsured residents. Individuals receive cleaning, fillings and extractions as part of TMOM’s focus on relieving pain. Dentists volunteer to staff the mobile dental clinic, performing examinations and determining the best course of treatment for each patient. TMOM-sponsored events have provided more than 29,000 patients with approximately $15 million in care.
Texas Donated Dental Services (TXDDS): Charity dental program developed by the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped in November 2000. Dentists and labs volunteer to participate by providing dentistry to uninsured individuals over the age of 62 or those with a permanent disability. The program is application-based. The TDA also provides community oral health education through the Smiles Foundation.
Give Kids a Smile: The ADA started the program in 2003 as a one-day February event to give underserved children access to dental services. The event was so successful it became a local, then national program with year-round events. Dentists, staff members, and other volunteers donate time and services, including screenings and treatments, to educate kids in the U.S. about oral health care. The program’s goal is now to eliminate cavities in 5-year-old children in the U.S. by 2020.
Cavity Free Corral: An education program that teaches proper nutrition and oral hygiene habits to Texans, made possible by a generous grant from the United Way of Texas.
Fluoride Fest: An interactive event for kids in Texas communities. Children visit five learning stations to receive exams, healthy snacks, fluoridated water and nutritional counseling. Dental workers identify children in need of free dental sealants, which are applied on site.
Dr. Craig S. Armstrong, DDS is a general and cosmetic dentist. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston and has served the Houston community for over 24 years. Dr. Armstrong is past President of the Greater Houston Dental Society, and is very excited about the opportunity to lead a wonderful organization like the TDA in the coming year.