Drs. Jeremiah Johnson and Tyler McDonald developed the first annual Wisdom For Wisdom program to give hardworking students wisdom teeth extractions free of charge. This program provides two deserving students with wisdom teeth extractions to help offset the rising costs of college textbooks. The complimentary extraction procedure gives students a healthier smile by removing painful and often damaging wisdom teeth.
Central Washington Oral & Facial Surgery aims to support academic achievement by providing this important program. Over the last decade, college textbook prices have skyrocketed. Statistics show that textbook prices have risen at three times the rate of inflation by 1041%. Students and families are struggling to afford higher education, and as a result, college students are forced to go without required textbooks. Our Wisdom For Wisdom program provides students the opportunity to put the funds they would have put toward medical bills to their textbook costs instead.
The application period ran for two weeks, from April 17, 2018, to April 30, 2018. Our program was open to both current and future college students. Applicants to the program completed a short quiz after watching an informational video. Our educational video was designed to educate students on the wisdom tooth extraction procedure and aftercare. Students answered three quiz questions about wisdom teeth to verify they watched the video. Following the quiz, applicants submitted their application, explaining what the procedure would mean to them if selected. Our 2018 final recipients were selected based on many factors, such as academic achievement, financial need, and necessity of extraction.
Wisdom teeth are the last to grow and develop between the ages of 17 and 25. They can sometimes cause harmful oral bacteria, which can cause gum disease, decay, and infections. Removal of the wisdom teeth may be necessary to prevent pain, complications, or increased expenses.
On May 1, 2018, the final recipients of the first annual Wisdom For Wisdom program were announced on social media. Nikki W. is a high school student at Cashmere High School and Carissa M. attends The River Academy. Both students are bound for success, and we are honored to contribute by providing these complimentary procedures.
Our team at Central Washington Oral & Facial Surgery remains committed to supporting scholastic achievement and oral health in our community. We are honored to support our local students by providing this essential program.
Thank you for your interest in the Wisdom For Wisdom program! For more information on our recipients’ progress, visit our Facebook page.
Stay tuned for information on the Spring 2019 application period!