The doctors at Utah Surgical Arts recognize the importance and high expense of higher education. In response to the rising costs of higher education, our office developed the Wisdom For Wisdom program. The program is designed to award hardworking students wisdom teeth extractions free of charge to help offset the rising costs of college textbooks. Our office introduced this program because we understand firsthand how hard it is to afford college textbook costs.
Over the last decade, college textbook prices have risen drastically. Research conducted by the American Enterprise Institute found that there has been an 812% increase in the cost of college textbooks since 1978. Students in our community are struggling to afford college and, as a result, go without mandatory course textbooks. The Wisdom For Wisdom program provides students the opportunity to put the funds they would have put toward medical bills to their textbook costs instead.
Wisdom teeth grow and develop during the mid to late teens. It’s recommended to have these teeth extracted between the ages of 17 and 25. Delaying removal can sometimes cause harmful oral bacteria, which can lead to gum disease, decay, infections, pain, crowding, misalignment, and damage to your otherwise healthy teeth. By proactively removing wisdom teeth during this period, we can prevent complications and help encourage healthy oral habits.
We designed the application process to be short, informative, and interactive. Interested applicants must watch a short video providing them with information on the wisdom tooth extraction procedure process. Students must answer a few quiz questions about wisdom teeth to verify they watched the video. Following the quiz, applicants submit their application explaining what the procedure would mean to them if selected. Final recipients are selected based on factors such as academic achievement, financial need, and necessity of extraction.
Over the past two years, our program has helped several students offset the cost of college textbooks. The first Wisdom For Wisdom program launched in July of 2017. After receiving numerous applications, we selected Adam A., a student at Utah Valley University. Adam was awarded the free wisdom teeth extraction because of his enthusiasm about his educational goals.
Our second annual Wisdom For Wisdom application period ran for two weeks from May 1, 2018, to May 15, 2018. During this period, we received numerous applications from both high school and college students in our community. Three final recipients, Noah G., Rachel R., and Keila S. were announced on May 16, 2018. It is clear from their applications that these students are college bound and destined for success. We are honored to contribute by offering these complimentary procedures to help offset the cost of college textbooks.
We 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!