Dental Care and Simply Doing the Math:
The Clinic provides quality, compassionate care to 500+ new and existing patients each year.
Base line dental care (for a healthy mouth) is two cleanings a year =1000+ dental visits. This does not include restorative work and/or extractions that are needed for most, if not all, patients.
This past year 110 dental visits were available for our patients.
Based on this information, the Clinic is currently meeting roughly 10% of the dental care needed, while 90% is unmet.
Oral Health and Heart Disease:
These are connected by the spread of bacteria-and other germs-from your mouth to other parts of the body through the bloodstream. When these bacteria reach the heart, they attach themselves to any damaged area and cause inflammation. This can result in illnesses such as endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart. According to the American Heart Association, other cardiovascular conditions such as atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) and stroke have also been linked to inflammation caused by oral bacteria.
Based on these findings and the fact that most, if not all Clinic patients, have not had access to dental care in years, we must take action to address the need for additional dental care in the immediate.
You Hold the Key…
Our dream of establishing an on-site dental clinic would greatly enhance our ability to provide life-saving patient care and improve the overall health of our community. Will you please join us in making this dream a reality?