Although there are several local clinics that cater to the uninsured, their wait times can average six months or more. This limited access causes many patients to simply ignore the issues they are experiencing until they affect their ability to work, or the pain is so severe that they can no longer tolerate the problem.
This summer, Amaus Health Services introduced dental services to offer a place for the uninsured to access stable and continual dental care. Services include routine teeth cleanings, oral cancer screenings, fluoride treatments, education on self-care, supplies for dental hygiene, and also extractions when necessary for adults, teens and children. A Community Foundation grant helped the clinic purchase necessary dental tools, equipment, and a dental chair.
“The Community Foundation grant was a main source of funding for getting the clinic up and running,” said Lynn-Beth Satterly. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer our patients dental care, in addition to our established medical services.”