PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP)- A dental clinic who wants to help those in the community while raising awareness found just the way….
Dr. Richard Newhart explains, “It is our free teeth cleaning day which is our efforts to help improve access to oral care for those in the area that don’t have insurance and can’t otherwise see the dentist. Whereby we go ahead and do cleanings for individuals and check for oral cancer, check for cavities, and then hopefully point them in the right direction where they can help save their teeth.”
February is nationally known as gum disease awareness month and to honor that Dr. Newhart’s clinic offered free cleanings and examinations for those who can’t afford regular dentist visits.
Those that qualified for the free cleanings did not have dental insurance and hadn’t been to the dentist in at least 2 years, making it a big deal for many.
“We’ve seen a lot of people that haven’t been to the dentist in years and years. People that maybe not, like one person haven’t been to the dentist in 10 years or more, that way. And we are able to send them down to the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department to get follow ups for extractions or fillings, “ says Newhart.
Dr. Newhart has been offering this service for 5 years now and has always seen a positive response.
“Very high spirited. The doctor was awesome. He came in and kind of just gave me a break down on what I need to do and put me on the right direction to get me help with my teeth, since I haven’t been to the dentist in a very long time. It’s good for the community, for one. There are not very many resources and not very many doctors around her that do stuff like this, “ says Kayla Adams, a patient from the event.