Dental care is either unavailable or an unaffordable luxury for many adults living in South Carolina. It is common to find residents with severe pain, discomfort, and embarrassment due to poor oral health. In order to address access to care for many indigent South Carolinians, the South Carolina Dental Association is planning to launch a dental access initiative, DAD, which will primarily focus on adults with the majority of care being extractions and restorative work. We estimate we’ll need $25,000-$50,000 and at least 100 dental volunteers to stage our project.
More than 800 Patients Receive Free Dental Care at One-Day Clinic
Value of Services Estimated at Over $600,000
Columbia, SC (August 18, 2017) – More than 800 patients received an estimated $600,000 in free dental services at the ninth annual Dental Access Day (DAD) event held from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at the SC State Fairgrounds.
Dental Access Day is a day-long free dental clinic hosted by the South Carolina Dental Association (SCDA) that provides individuals in need with critical access to free dental care. It is an annual event in different parts of the state that is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Delta Dental of South Carolina and other companies.
Over a 12-hour period, hundreds of clinical volunteers delivered a range of services to patients, including x-rays, professional cleanings, extractions, and restorative care (i.e., fillings). Clinical volunteers included dentists, hygienists and dental students.
The SCDA has provided over 12,000 people with $6.8 million in free services since the first free dental clinic in 2009.
“By serving others at Dental Access Days each year, we are helping solve a critical problem in South Carolina,” said Phil Latham, SCDA Executive Director. “There is an immense lack of dental care in this state. We are proud to offer free cleanings and restorative services to people who may not otherwise receive them. Thanks to our volunteers and sponsors, we can provide some relief to those who need it,” he added.
“The SCDA and the dental professionals who deliver the donated care deserve the greatest recognition for all of their tireless work,” said Rob Goren, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Missouri, which does business in South Carolina as Delta Dental of South Carolina. “We’ve been humbled to be involved with this clinic as a sponsor since 2012. And, we’re proud to donate financial resources to help make dental care available to everyone, especially those who need it the most,” he said.
“This clinic is a lifeline to vital dental care for so many of our neighbors,” said Spann Laffitte, vice president of sales and account management at Delta Dental of South Carolina. “It not only gives care—it gives hope.”