In Florida, Free Dental Clinic Helps Flagler Residents

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A whopping forty-seven percent of American adults are without dental insurance. In Florida, a group of dentists and oral health specialists are doing something to help those who have no dental insurance and simply can’t affored regular visits to the dentist. By setting up a twice-monthly free dental clinic, these Volusia County dentists are hoping to stem the tide of people who only get treated in emergency rooms—the most expensive place to get dental treatment—and free clinics. But the waiting list is long, and the clinic can only serve so many patients.

From the Daytona Beach News-Journal:

One of the first people to receive care at Flagler County’s free dental clinic for adults left a voice-mail message at the Health Department saying “thank you” 23 times.

For Flagler Health Department Administrator Patrick Johnson, it’s a measure of how desperately the legions without dental insurance — about 47 percent of Americans, according to the National Association of Dental Plans — need dental care. Trying to alleviate the problems showing up in area emergency rooms and the Flagler Free Clinic, Johnson appealed to the county’s 41 dentists two years ago to volunteer some of their time — and received responses from two Palm Coast dentists: Drs. Vernon Gordon and Travis Ray.

Once a month, about 10 people are scheduled — and the waiting list for the monthly clinic that’s been provided for about 18 months hardly ever dips below 30 people. These are only those who need their teeth extracted or face the potentially deadly effects of bacteria running rampant through their body.

Read the whole story here.

 

Image courtesy of the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

–Dennis Pacheco

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