At the Volunteers in Medicine Free Dental Clinic recently, free samples of dental floss, toothpaste, dental floss and mouthwash were available for all visitors to celebrate the clinic’s free dental services for low income families who have no dental insurance and who can’t afford to pay for dental treatments.
Free services include fillings, cleanings and extractions. Advice and education about oral care is also available.
Kelly Ranieli, executive director, said the clinic provides primary and preventive medical and dental care to low income families of Luzerne County who otherwise have no access to medical care and cannot afford health insurance.
The dental clinic has in excess of 150 volunteer staff which cares for patients five days per week.
Recent surveys have shown that the need for free dental care is on the increase in the USA, with 2 million patients currently seeking out free clinics, and that within the next 10 years, approximately 31 million people will have no health insurance.