If you are experiencing a financial hardship or do not currently have dental insurance, this should not prevent you or your family from seeing a dentist and keeping up with your regular dental exams. Free dental clinics are a great resource for people experiencing hardships to see qualified dentists and dental professionals. Some organizations also offer a free or low cost dental referral service for people to keep up with dentist visits. In Connecticut, a few such events will be taking place in the next several weeks.
If you live in the Hartford area, the West Indian Foundation and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving are supporting the fourth annual Inner-City Dental Clinic. This free clinic operates on a first-come first-serve basis. Services provided will include routine exams, screenings, dental x-rays, cleanings, fillings, extractions and temporary dentures. The clinic will be operating from 8am to 8pm, May 19, 2012. You can also receive a free screening for blood pressure, vision, diabetes, HIV, and oral cancer. The Inner-City Dental Clinic will be held at Community Health Services, 500 Albany Avenue, Hartford, CT.
Another upcoming free dental clinic is the fifth annual Connecticut Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic to be held March 23-24, 2012. Dental exams, fillings, cleanings, extractions, temporary dentures, and root canals are included in the array of services provided. Patients will be seen on a first-come first-serve basis and doors open at 6am. If you have been putting off seeing a dentist for financial reasons, this is a good opportunity to get the healthcare you need. The CT Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic will be held on the campus of Western Connecticut State University at the O’Neill Center, 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury, CT. CT Mission of Mercy’s site also provides details for individuals seeking referrals for Connecticut dentists providing free or sliding-scale services from your local Community Health Center.
If you are concerned about your finances and the cost of dental care, remember you have options. Regular checkups with a dentist are a key factor in maintaining oral health, and prevention is far less expensive than corrective procedures. Whether you attend a free dental clinic or pick up the phone and call a family dentist for your next checkup, be proactive in taking the steps to keep your smile healthy.