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Free dental care provided for the uninsured
Updated: 11/1/2010 5:00:20 PM

Free dental care provided for the uninsured To help improve access to dental care, groups are providing treatments for people who are uninsured and cannot afford to see a dentist. According to the Mineral Daily News Tribune, Mission of Mercy recently held a two-day event offering free services in Maryland.

The event, which was sponsored by the Allegany/Garrett County Dental Association and the County United Way, treated individuals who were 19 years and older on a first-come first-serve basis, the newspaper reports. Anyone from the surrounding area was allowed to attend the free clinic.

Volunteering dentists provided the treatments and each of the patients was allowed up to two services, including denture realignment. Individuals were also given instructions on how to improve their dental health at home.

Although the news source indicates that nearly 1,200 people were expected to be treated, many others were also likely to be turned away due to time restrictions.

Gum disease, which can be prevented through good dental hygiene affects up to 12 percent of adults in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One way that individuals can avoid lines at clinics and find affordable, low-cost coverage for themselves and their families is through discount dental plans.

For more information on discount dental plans call 1-888-632-5353.

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