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Two free clinics this week will provide dental care to the disadvantaged
BY JIM HALL
Two clinics this week will provide free dental care to the poor and uninsured.
The Fredericksburg Smile Center will hold its fifth annual Dentistry With a Heart program Friday.
On Saturday, the first Piedmont Regional Mission of Mercy Dental Day will be held in Barboursville.
The Smile Center program begins at 7 a.m., though patients usually line up earlier. By closing time at 5 p.m., volunteers will have treated up to 250 people.
"We try to see as many people as we can," said Patty Gibson, team leader.
The clinic is open to adults and children and is aimed at those who do not have access to regular dental care.
"This is for the disadvantaged," Gibson said.
The clinic is held in the Smile Center office in the Gateway Village shopping center on William Street in Fredericksburg.
The Mission of Mercy Dental Day will be held at the Barboursville Fire House beginning at 7 a.m.
Like the Smile Center clinic, Dental Day is designed to help the uninsured. The services at both clinics include cleanings, fillings and extractions.
Sponsors of Dental Day are the Virginia Dental Association, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic.
All services will be provided by dentists, dental hygienists or VCU School of Dentistry students.
Pre-registration is encouraged and will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the firehouse. The clinic is open to Virginia residents who cannot afford dental care.
The Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic Inc. is a new nonprofit organization dedicated to providing low-cost dental services to residents of the Piedmont region of Virginia.
Barboursville is located at the intersection of State Route 20 and U.S. 33 in Orange County.
For more information, check the clinic's website: vaprdc.org.
Jim Hall: 540/374-5433