Isabella Avenue Dentistry Donates To Emerald Keepers ...

Isabella Avenue Dentistry will donate proceeds of teeth whitening to Emerald Keepers until Jan. 31. So far the dental office has raised $3,000 for Emerald Keepers. The proceeds from the teeth whitening will be a welcome bonus to Emerald Keepers who have not been able to fundraise because of the pandemic. “For someone to do that for us, it is wonderful,” said Amy Steward. “It’s a huge boost for us. We are so thrilled.”

When Amy Steward, president of Emerald Keepers, received an email about Isabella Dentistry that her organization had been selected to receive proceeds from teeth whitening, she was elated. Emerald Keepers is a non-profit organization that aims to remove plastic from our environment was founded two years ago, before the pandemic. Because of the timing, Emerald Keepers has been unable to hold fundraisers, explained Steward. Steward said she has never met Dr. Leslie Strummer of Isabella Avenue Dentistry and could not believe her organization was chosen to receive the funds.

Helping out is not something new for Strommer. She is the San Diego County Dental Foundation president and she partners with other dentists who do volunteer work for veterans with health education and dental work access focusing on the people at Veterans Village of San Diego providing free comprehensive dental care for formerly homeless veterans.

“We’re part of the community and wanted to do something to give back,” said Rae Roth, marketing director of Isabella Avenue Dentistry. “We thought about Emerald Keepers and how it would be a good organization to support. We use a lot of plastic and this may be a great way to give back and be as green as possible.”

The dental office has recently made some changes and has strived to eliminate plastic when possible, as in the case of switching from plastic water bottles to boxes. “We love being here and where we are, so close to the beach, and we have seen the work of Emerald Keepers,” said Roth. Through this partnership, which started on Dec. 10 and will continue to Jan. 31, proceeds from teeth cleaning will go to Emerald Keepers.

There are two ways to get your teeth whitened, explained Roth. The process can be performed at the office with “Zoom Whitening” which takes about two hours and costs $499. You can also choose to do it at at home. It doesn’t matter if you are a patient of the the dental office, Roth said. Technicians at Isabella Dentistry will scan your teeth to create the trays which you’ll then receive by mail with the whitening product. At home you’ll have to do 3 to 5 applications for at least 20 minutes. The in-home whitening costs $399.

Over the holidays many have taken advantage of this partnership and had their teeth whitened - knowing that the money goes to a good cause - or they have purchased gift certificates. The office also encourages customers to buy gift certificates before Jan. 31 and the whitening can be scheduled later in the year, while the money goes to Emerald Keepers now.

So far the dental office has raised $3,000 for Emerald Keepers.

The proceeds from the teeth whitening will be a welcome bonus to Emerald Keepers who have not been able to fundraise because of the pandemic. “For someone to do that for us, it is wonderful,” said Steward. “It’s a huge boost for us. We are so thrilled.”

Steward said the organization will hold its first ever fundraiser of Marine Debris Art with pieces created by CoSA students in the near future. Emerald Keepers’ goal is to educate about sustainable practices, reduce single use plastics and polystyrene, and hold cleanups. Steward said that due to the recent rains she has unfortunately seen a lot of plastic in the bay.

There is still time to get your teeth whitened and help Emerald Keepers, give it as a gift to others or to yourself while helping the environment.

For more information stop by Isabella Avenue Dentistry, 1012 Isabella Avenue or call 619-435-0147. For more information on Emerald Keepers log on www.emeraldkeepers.org

“We’re excited to help something so local that helps the community, and we want to see them succeed,” said Roth.

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