Local Oral Surgeon Provides a Student with Free Wisdom Teeth Extractions During Economic Crisis

Wisdom For Wisdom program aims to combat the financial struggle of college by offsetting expenses

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (May 19, 2020) – The novel coronavirus pandemic has forced more than 36 million Americans and nearly 500,000 South Carolinians to file unemployment claims since mid-March. The economic downfall due to social distancing has caused financial havoc for millions of people, including students–especially those with higher education expenses. Now more than ever, it is crucial to help support local students and their financial strains during this economic catastrophe. For the first year, local oral surgeon Dr. Matthew Barefoot of Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists South Carolina is launching a new community initiative called Wisdom For Wisdom. The program will provide a deserving student with free wisdom teeth extractions to help offset college expenses and support their higher education goals during this uncertain time. Students can apply to Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists South Carolina's website until June 18.

College affordability and student loan debt is a crisis that is plaguing the nation. Tuition has historically risen about three percent each year, according to the College Board, and student loan debt in South Carolina has increased 30 percent. The average student loan debt in South Carolina has reached a new high of $36,552, according to an Experian study – a 5.9 percent increase from last year. On top of food, tuition, housing, and other expenses, textbook prices are higher than ever. Statistics show that the high rise in textbook costs is the most inflated of all increasing college-related expenditures. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, college tuition and fees have risen over 60 percent and housing more than 50 percent in the past decade. With student debt on the rise, young people often are forced to put off buying homes, a reliable car, and even getting married and having children.

"With the recent abrupt yield in our economy, we are thinking about the local students in our community now more than ever, and want to help alleviate their financial burdens anyway we can," Dr. Matthew Barefoot said. "This program serves students who are low-income and who do not have the means to afford wisdom teeth extractions. Our goal is to ease the financial burden for students through the Wisdom For Wisdom program and help make a difference in the community."

The application period for the Wisdom For Wisdom program is open until June 18. To apply, students will watch a video about the wisdom teeth removal procedure, take a short quiz, and submit a few sentences about how the program could help them. Students residing in or around the Mount Pleasant community can apply by visiting https://www.osscarolina.com/wisdom. Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists South Carolina will announce the recipient and update the public on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/osscarolina.

About Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the final set of permanent teeth to grow into the mouth. Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, typically emerge between the ages of 17 and 25. Wisdom teeth often do not have enough space to erupt in the mouth without causing oral health problems such as impaction, infection, crowding, and cysts. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the most qualified to remove wisdom teeth as they have undergone extensive education and training with experience to administer anesthesia.

About Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists South Carolina

Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists South Carolina is devoted to providing high-quality oral surgery services to the community. Dr. Matthew Barefoot, a diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, offers a wide range of oral surgery services including dental implant placement, wisdom teeth extractions, corrective jaw surgery, and facial trauma treatment within a state-of-the-art facility. Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists South Carolina proudly serves the Mount Pleasant community and surrounding areas.