Community Involvement

Visit A Community-Minded Dentist

  • Ask about our dental assistant apprentice program
  • Three of our dentists are military veterans
  • Team members volunteer at Mercy Medicine Free Clinic

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Our Dentists Give Back to the Florence Community

Dr. Joe Griffin and the other doctors at Advanced Dental Center strongly believe in giving back to the community. Our team serves the Florence community in many ways, and we hope you’ll join us.


Dr. Joe Griffin is a recipient of the Palmetto Patriot award, which is given by South Carolina’s lieutenant governor in recognition of commitment to community service. Dr. Griffin is also a trustee and board member at Florence-Darlington Technical College as well as a society member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Florence. He serves as a consultant for NCGS, Inc., a medical research and drug approval corporation based out of South Carolina.

Dr. John Hess and other members of the Advanced Dental Center team are regular volunteers at Mercy Medicine Free Clinic, which provides free dental care to the indigent and working poor. They’ve also provided care through the Dental Lifeline Network of South Carolina and the South Carolina Dental Association’s Dental Access Days. Our entire team has helped assemble hurricane hygiene kits for victims of recent hurricanes.

Our team wants to help you begin your new career as a dental assistant. We have started a dental assistant apprentice program that offers on-the-job training! These positions are open to the public, and we have scholarships available. This is our way of recruiting, training, and hiring from within our community, and we hope it will help us grow into the future. Contact our office to fill out an application.

Other organizations we support through volunteer efforts and/or monetary contributions, both locally and beyond, include:

  • House of the Hope of the Pee Dee
  • Lighthouse Ministries
  • Samaritan’s Purse
  • Help 4 Kids Florence
  • Harvest Hope Food Bank
  • Boy Scouts of America Pee Dee Area Council
  • Special Olympics
  • South Florence High Baseball
  • Friends of Florence County Library
  • Helping Florence Flourish
  • The Orlando Ballet
  • SC Sheriffs’ Association
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • The Salvation Army

Our team of dentists also includes three military veterans who have proudly served our country, while several of our staff have served or are currently serving in the Reserves. To visit a dental team who cares about the Florence community, call Advanced Dental Center at (843) 588-1919.

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