Free Dental Program Launches in Jacksonville

Jacksonville, NC: Uninsured persons needing help with their dental needs can now get assistance from a local charitable organization in Jacksonville. Operated by Onslow Community Outreach, the official opening of a free dental clinic will take place on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

Coinciding with the official opening, the North Carolina Dental Society is presenting a $25,000 capacity building grant to help pay for start-up equipment and supplies.  The grant payment will be presented at 3:00 p.m. followed by an open house from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The clinic is located in the Dr. Ken & Mary Morgan Building, 1 Dewitt Street. The public is invited.

“The clinic started helping patients in September and has been testing treatment protocols and patient flow in the facility,” said Dr. Virginia Wilson, volunteer dental director. “We have now had 125 face to face encounters with patients.” 

The open house gives an opportunity for the local medical community to see improvements made in the facility and to inform social service agencies that the program is up and running and is a resource for their clients.

Nearly 45-million Americans don’t have dental insurance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those without insurance are skipping basic preventative care, and living with painful and dangerous oral health conditions because they fear that they can’t afford treatment.

For more information, call Onslow Community Outreach at 910-455-5733.