With the economy still struggling to recover, middle income patients are also struggling with a way to pay for much needed dental care. Luckily, the dental community is responding. The number of “free dental care” events seems to be increasing each year. These events are designed to help out members of the community who simply can’t afford dental treatment. Most of the patients who are treated don’t qualify for Medicaid, but they still can’t afford insurance or necessary treatment.

Vermont recently held a successful event where 340 patients were treated in a single day. To find out more about this event please read the article which was published by the ADA: http://www.ada.org/news/5986.aspx. I am also proud to say that the community where I reside, Roanoke, VA, has held a similar annual event for the past four years. To view more about this organization please visit their website: http://www.roanokemom.org/.

In these hard times, it is great to see how dental professionals can come together and make a huge difference in the lives of people in their local community. Are you doing something similar in your community?

Written by Marcia Patterson, Regional Account Executive/ Dental Recruiter. Contact Marcia at 540-491-9118, or mpatterson@etsdental.com.

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