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Free dental care coming on Donated Dental Day

Dental Assisting students volunteer; screenings start 6 a.m. at St. Joseph’s

Uninsured students and individuals may have an opportunity to get free dental care this Friday, Feb. 7.

Donated Dental Day is coming back for its 13th year in order to provide free care to less privileged individuals who are under 200 percent of the poverty level and meet certain requirements. Federal guidelines state that this level would be $22,980 and below for a single individual, $31,020 and below for a family of three and $39,060 for a family of three.

Local dentists, staff and UCC Dental Assisting students will volunteer to provide this service to people without dental insurance or the ability to pay for emergency dental service.

People will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and only a limited number of appointments can be filled. This opportunity only covers one dental issue per person.

Donate Dental Day is coordinating with Give Kids a Smile, an organization which focuses on providing  accessible dental care to children, but also promotes dental health for all people.

For those seeking this assistance, screenings will be held at St. Joseph School Gymnasium, across from Harvard Medical Park, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. with doors opening at 6 a.m. Patients will then be sent to a participating local office. For more information, call Alanson M. Randol, DDS at 541-673-7437.