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MDA to offer free dental clinic to children for 8th straight year

Posted On Thu, January 7, 2010

In an attempt to provide essential dentistry care for children who cannot afford the costs for appointments or appropriate insurance, a group of Minnesota dentists has announced it will provide free care this February.

Over the course of February 5 and 6, the Minnesota Dental Association recently announced it would sponsor free dentistry appointments at almost 200 locations across the state.

It is the eighth year that the MDA - which represents 81 percent of all dentists within the state - has provided the free service to youths in need.

"We know that government funded programs for families have been dramatically cut. Volunteer dentists are trying to close the gap for the low income children who are not getting the dental care they need and deserve," said Dr. Robert Templeton, the MDA's president. "With no eligibility requirements and no insurance paperwork for patients, each volunteer dentist treats these children straight from the heart. We are very proud of this."

By proactively attending to children and fixing any dental problems they may be experiencing, the free clinics are likely improving the childrens' lives both in the short- and long-term. In addition to fixing any immediate conditions, the appointments may prevent the development of gum diseases and conditions such as gingivitis and halitosis that could lead to a rise in health insurance rates later in life.

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