Free dental screenings for people without dental insurance

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 12:17 PM EDT
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Houlton, Maine (WAGM) - There are some brighter smiles in Houlton after free basic dental care and screenings were available for some without dental insurance. NewsSource 8 reporter Adriana Sanchez has more on why this was so important to those community members able to take advantage of the offering.

Everyone is hard at work at this free dental clinic. Aid for Kids, Caring Hands of Maine and UConn Dental School came together to provide free basic dental care and screenings to anyone without dental insurance.

“We now get to reach people who wouldn’t normally get dental care so we get to serve an underserved population and it’s really important to reach those populations because they don’t have their comprehensive dental care,” said Madison Cohen a senior of UCONN School of Dental Medicine.

“We’re giving them an opportunity to patient who haven’t been to a dentist in a long time kind of a fresh start and maybe they introduce them to the dental community and be able to provide them care,” said Courtney Regon a senior of UCONN School of Dental Medicine.

While patients were able to get the free screenings, care and even extractions done, Dr. Timothy Oh, the director of Caring Hands of Maine says there is an even more important take away.

“But the real main important benefit is education and awareness of the importance having good oral health and taking care of your teeth and your health needs meet,” said Dr.Oh.

Dr.Oh adds this is their fifth year doing this program. He says some of the patients have attended previous clinics.

“While we’re not set up to become their Maine dental provider but over the years we have seen people come back because there are some challenges for certain people in terms of getting adequate care and getting appointment especially with the pandemic, it put a lot of our traveling programs on hold we weren’t able to come to Aroostook county,” said Dr.Oh.

The program will be offered again in June of 2022. Adriana Sanchez NewsSource 8.

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