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Feb. 13 free dental clinic is open to all

Jeannie Nelson (left), executive director of the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic, and Kay Bradley, executive director of the Gloucester/Mathews Free Health Clinic, discuss the upcoming free dental clinic on Saturday, February 13, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Gloucester High School gym. These two organizations are responsible for funding of the M.O.M. Project, sponsor of the free dental clinic. “Both of these two ladies have been on board for this project for over a year, giving of their time, talents and resources,” said project director Dr. C.R. Harris Jr. of Hayes.

Over 50 dentists along with numerous dental assistants and other volunteers will fill the auxiliary gym at Gloucester High School on Saturday, February 13, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to treat the dental problems of area adults and children.

This “Missions of Mercy” (MOM) program of the Virginia Dental Association (VDA) wants to help the low income, uninsured, under-insured and/or unemployed residents of the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck area by offering free fillings, extractions, teeth cleanings and other services.

Although the low-income population is being targeted, no one seeking dental assistance at the February 13 clinic, regardless of income, will be turned away, noted project director Dr. C.R. Harris Jr. of Hayes. 

Also, no ID will be required to receive the free services, but if a patient has an ID, it would be helpful for him or her to bring it to speed up the registration process.

Individuals who are taking medications should bring a list of their medications with them to the clinic. “If they have to have any type of surgery or extraction, we would need to know if they are on blood thinners  or blood pressure meds,” said Dr. Harris.

Those seeking clinic services are encouraged to get there early.

For more information, contact Sharon or Kelly at 804-642-4893.

posted 02.03.2010

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