HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A South Huntsville dental clinic is working to provide underserved communities with free dental care services.
Community Free Dental Clinic has performed $3.4 million worth of services to benefit its community since 2015.
"What we're trying to do here is, we are trying to gather more support for the community free dental clinic. We are also trying to get the community to know who we are because we've noticed that a lot of the community doesn't know we exist," said Community Free Dental Clinic Executive Board President Dr. Ortha Solomon.
The dentist's office may be easy to miss from the outside, but its contribution to Madison County's underserved communities does not go unnoticed.
"There are about 46,000 people in Madison County that live below the poverty level, that are eligible to get care here in our clinic," said Solomon.
The clinic's staff is mostly composed of students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and volunteers who help around 25 patients per day.
"We offer extractions for those that are hurting, to try to prevent expensive, extensive hospital stays. We also offer fillings, cleanings, oral cancer screenings, and we prepare patients for surgery and radiation," said Executive Director Julia Nabors.
All the clinic asks for in exchange for its services is a small donation.
"All of this is free, we do require a $25 donation for a cleaning so that our patients get some skin in the game and go home and hopefully continue their oral health," said Nabors.
For more information about the clinic or to get involved, visit Community Free Dental Clinic's website.
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