Many dentists from Berks County have made a habit out of holding such free dental clinics throughout the year. From January to June each year, many dentists, hygienists and dental assistants will donate their time and skills for the benefit of the poor patients who cannot have proper access to dental care.
For the duration of these six months they hold a free dental clinic on the first Saturday of each month.
The free dental clinic days are held at the St. Joseph Medical Center, and the experts mostly offer free dental treatments to the underserved children.
School nurses at the school all throughout Berks County make referrals for the free dental clinic day. The nurses send children who cannot afford dental care to receive it at the St. Joseph Medical Center.
Then, some other dentists in Berks County hold free dental services days at their own clinics. Many have actually made a promise to offer complete dental treatments to 6 underserved children every year.
Sealant Saturday is yet another regularly held free dental day at the St. Joseph Center. Dental hygienists from Berks County, alongside the Keystone Farmwork Health Program volunteer to offer free dental treatments to children on Sealant Saturday.
This year in May, there was a large scale free dental treatments clinic held in Philadelphia. This was a Mission of Mercy sponsored event, and there were present more than 1,000 volunteers including about 250 dentists.
Together, they offered free dental treatments to 1,820 patients and donated $850,000 worth of free dental services.
Then, the Alliance of the American Dental Association is a special dental team branch with members the spouses of dentists. The Alliance members offered over 3,000 dental kits containing oral healthcare products and clothing items to the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children (New Orleans).
All these efforts do not come overnight. Everybody needs to invest a little time and effort to make a special change in the life of an underserved child or an extremely poor adult who suffers from dental pain.