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By: Tam L.
Chumbley, A Brent PSC
Father's Day, 2017. We are eating lunch and in the middle of the meal, my daughter somehow gets her tongue hung in her braces. Her tongue is immobilized and she's in a great deal of pain. She starts freaking out, I start freaking out. We immediately start playing out the scenarios.... ER, Urgent Care, Dentist, Orthodontist...... We call our dentist and orthodontist emergency numbers as we are gathering things to go to the ER. Dr. Chumbley calls back immediately and says he can meet us at his office in 15 minutes. It's Sunday. It's Father's Day. It's 2:00 in the afternoon. This man comes in the office with a smile on his face completely happy to help my baby girl. With a few maneuvers, the tongue got loose! He was a blessing through it all, lightening the mood and helping her (and me) calm down by joking and getting my daughter to laugh.Dr. Chumbley is a huge blessing. We have never had one negative (or even neutral) experience with this man or his office. THIS is why we chose Dr. Chumbley!
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