SC Dental Association's Dental Access Days
With access to dental care limited in South Carolina and the recent elimination of the adult dental Medicaid program, the South Carolina Dental Association (SCDA) will stage its third free adult dental clinic on August 26-27 to treat area adults who are now without health and dental insurance.
The clinic will be held at the Florence Civic Center, 3300 W. Radio Drive, Florence, SC 29501, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Treatment will be on a first-come-first-served basis.
Called "South Carolina Dental Access Days" or "DAD", the clinic will be staffed by approximately 190 local and SCDA volunteer dentists and as many as 300 other local volunteers.
During the event, more than 1,500 patients are expected to receive examinations, x-rays, cleanings, restorations and extractions for free. They will also be offered oral health education. To be eligible for treatment, patients must be 18 years or age.
The SCDA has treated over 3,000 patients in past DAD projects with treatment exceeding $1 million in value. Even though many dentists treat indigent individuals in their offices and in other local free clinics, there are thousands of patients who have no dental office of record.