In an effort to improve the access to dental care to children in Missouri, Barnes Family Dentistry and the Boys and Girls Club hosted a three-day event that provided free appointments to Jackson County elementary students.
Staff from the dental office volunteered their time to perform teeth cleanings, fillings, x-rays and several other treatments, according to WLOX.com. Since many of the young patients have little or no dental insurance, most of the procedures offered were used to help prevent future dental complications.
Assistants from the office and workers from the Boys and Girls Club also took phone calls and made future appointments, the news source reports.
Larry Wilson, a semi-retired dentist, told the news source that "a lot of these children would not be able to be seeing a dentist right now." He added that "some of the treatment we are giving them is going to prevent further problems down the road, and it makes you feel good in your heart."
While children can benefit from receiving treatment at free dental care clinics, their families as well as other people who can't afford dental care can take advantage of discount dental plans, which can allow them access to treatment on a regular basis.
For more information on discount dental plans call 1-888-632-5353.
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