• John McGary, Woodford Sun Editor

Free dental clinic set for Saturday

Local agencies, a church and a dentists’ office will join forces Saturday, May 11, to provide free check-ups, cleanings and even tooth extractions for people who might otherwise not get them. The clinic will take place at the Woodford County Health Department at 229 North Main Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to Anneliese Way of the Blue Grass Community Action Partnership. Her agency is partnering with the health department, Mortenson Family Dental, and Versailles Presbyterian Church (which will offer round-trip transportation throughout the county for people who need it). “… After having our community assessment last year, we saw that a lot of community members needed access to affordable dental care … so we decided to host a dental clinic,” Way said. Among the free services available are exams and screenings for children up to age 14 and fluoride treatments and even tooth extractions for adults. Similar clinics were held in Shelby and Anderson counties, Way said. “We think it’s going to be very successful. We’re hoping to serve at least 50 people, but if time allows, we would love to serve more …” she said. Way said the entire staff of Mortenson Family Dental is volunteering their services for the clinic. “Our company really values charity and taking care of people who maybe don’t have access to dental care,” said Dr. Emily Powell of Mortenson. “We actually already do a (free) clinic in Shelbyville, a couple of our offices, so this seems like a really good extension, to be able to reach the Woodford County community.” Powell worked at the free clinic in Shelbyville, as well as one in Lawrenceburg. Interested people can pre-register on the Blue Grass Community Action Partnership’s Facebook page or by calling (859) 873-8182. They should show up at 8:30 a.m., but can register as late as 1 p.m. Saturday, Way said. Proof of income won’t be required. “… We’re finding out there’s a lot of individuals on fixed incomes (and) insurance doesn’t pay for all their dental exams and dental procedures,” Way said. “So really, we’re going to take anyone, whether they have insurance or not, and all we’re asking for when they come in is proof of residency … “We want to help as many people as we can, because just because you have an income or insurance, doesn’t mean you can necessarily afford an extraction or a dental exam,” Way said.

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