Federal funds will help low-income residents with dental care
A $19,000 project funded by the grants will allow Community Dental to open an dental operating facility designed primarily for Biddeford residents at the new dental clinic in Thatcher Brook Business Park. Hardacker said the project is a “great addition” to the city.
“We’ve been trying to get this project here for a long, long time,” she said.
The facility will increase and improve the nonprofit dental organization’s capacity to deliver services to residents who qualify for free dental care. The clinic is close to Southern Maine Medical Center to help facilitate the “redirection” of patients who inappropriately seek treatment for dental pain at the emergency room, according to the amendment.
The project addresses Recovery Act goals by investing in a dental facility to assist residents “most impacted by the recession and minimizing or avoiding reductions in essential services,” according to the amendment. Hardacker said one job will be retained through the funding and the facility will include energy efficient equipment.
United Way extends Dental Day deadline. Free dental work for needy
During June 15 through 19, the United Way — in conjunction with 10 local Jefferson County dentists — will be offering free dental extractions and fillings for 50 residents with financial and medical needs. However, in order to provide these services, residents must fill out a financial application form and complete a medical screening, according to United Way Executive Director Rhonda McCowen.
“We are extending the deadline on our free dental work day through Wednesday, June 3 at 10:30 a.m.,” McCowen explained. “We want to see the people that need it get this assistance. We’re about half-full, but have plenty of room for people that need free dental help.”
Free dental clinic for children
The Children’s Free Dental Clinic “Miles of Smiles” program has received a $3,000 grant from the Southwestern Regional Greatest Need Fund of the Idaho Community Foundation.
The donation will be used to build the program’s long-term sustainability and to respond to the increasing dental care needs of Boise-area children. A portion of the funds will help purchase materials for restorative dental treatment for kids in the Boise School District.