Club celebrates good dental health

| October 16, 2012

COSHOCTON – Lucille Clark learned the importance of dental health at a young age.

“We didn’t have much growing up, but mom always made sure we got to the dentist to get our teeth cleaned,” she said.

Clark, Dorothy Hall and Ralph Wisenburg were honored Oct. 16, as one of three 10 year members of the 80/20 Club at Coshocton Dentistry.

The club is for patients of Brian Dunlap DDS and Patrick Laaper DDS who are 80-years-old and over and still have at least 20 of their natural teeth.

“I think it (Coshocton Dentistry) is a great place to go,” Clark said. “He (Dr. Dunlap) is the best dentist I’ve ever found. I have a few missing teeth and if I had him my whole life I’d probably have them all.”

There are 74 people on the Dental Champions list and 30 of them accepted the office’s invitation for a brunch celebration at Roberta’s Catering.

“It’s delicious,” said Barbara Lucas, who was Clark’s guest. “I came last year too and I think it’s nice that they recognize them.”

 Joyce Brannon also is a member of the 80/20 Club.

 “I’ve been going to the dentist all my life and he (Dr. Dunlap) takes good care of all my teeth,” she said.

 Brannon’s guest at the brunch was her daughter Kay Gergley, who also is a patient at Coshocton Dentistry.

 “You have no problems getting in and everyone treats you great,” Gergley said.

 Dr. Dunlap borrowed the idea for the club from a dental practice in Florida.

 “It sounded like something fun to do and it just gets bigger every year,” he said. “This generation values keeping their teeth and having good general health.”

 Laaper agreed that the members of the 80/20 Club are consistent with their checkups.

 “They see us on a regular basis and listen to our recommendations,” he said. “We like being able to recognize them and doing things to give back to our patients.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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