MACHIAS – A week long clinic that has provided dental care to thousands of Washington County residents is returning. The New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program will be back in Machias April 13th- 18th.
This is the fifth year NYUCD has visited Machias to provide oral health services for the community. The partnership with Washington County Children’s Program and other local groups began in 2010 as a way to provide comprehensive dental care to children in Washington County who did not have a dental home or timely access to dental services. Since then, more than 1300 dental sealants and 763 fillings have been provided for nearly 900 Head Start and school-aged kids, many of which have experienced great improvements in their oral health. The NYUCD outreach team typically treats nearly 500 patients in one week, including adults who would otherwise not be able to access dental care.
The clinic will be held April 13th- 18th at the Lee Pellon Event center located at 90 Main Street in Machias. It will be closed on Thursday, April 16th. The event is open to anyone having trouble accessing dental care. It is not meant to replace regular care they are already receiving at their local dental office. Complete care is available for children. Adults will be seen for emergency care on a walk-in basis, and the NYUCD team will refer patients to local dentists for continued care. Services are provided at no out of pocket cost but insurance/ MaineCare will be accepted when available. Enrollment specialists will be available on- site to help patients identify and apply for the health insurance coverage that best suits their needs. The dental clinic is made possible by Northeast Delta Dental Foundation and Henry Schein Cares. The partners involved in the planning and implementation include Washington County Children’s Program- a program of Sunrise Opportunities, Washington Hancock Community Agency, Harrington Family Health Center and Downeast Community Hospital.
For more information please contact Teresa Alley at 255-3426.