Free Clinic Receives Grant for Dental Health

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The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington recently received a $5,000 grant to help promote oral health. The Free Clinic serves low-income children and adults who do not have insurance and served 1,255 oral health visits during the 2016-17 fiscal year.

The Free Clinic is located at the Jim Parsley Center. They also have a mobile unit that visits Clark County Schools and community sponsored events. For children, dental volunteers fill cavities, screen, seal and varnish teeth. Adults care includes extractions, fillings, repairs, and pain relief. Without the Free Clinic, these patients would have to visit an emergency room for care.

“We’re grateful to DentaQuest for their support,” says Free Clinic Executive Director Barbe West. “Restoring the oral health of low-income families eliminates a barrier to their participation in the workforce. Access to dental care is a key component in breaking the cycle of inter-generational poverty.”

The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington provides free, caring, quality health care to adults and children who are not able to afford such services. Services provided are medical, dental, vision, and specialty care. They have more than 500 health care professionals who volunteer their time. Funding comes from the community and all donations stay in Southwest Washington.  For more information about the Free Clinic, visit them online.

DentaQuest is an oral health company. “Along with its charitable DentaQuest Foundation, its clinical DentaQuest Care Group, and its educational DentaQuest Institute, its mission is to improve the oral health of all.”

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