Milestone Reached at HealthLink Dental Clinic

April 3, 2018

Today, we have good news – no - GREAT news to share!

 

As of the end of February 2018, HealthLink Dental Clinic has officially provided more than 25,000 free dental appointments to underserved adults in our community!

 

The average value of an appointment in 2017 was about $285.  At the valuation, it means that HealthLink has provided about $7 million worth of free dental care since opening its doors in 2001!

It is incredible what we have been able to accomplish!  And for this opportunity to make such a great impact on the health of our neighbors, we are eternally grateful to our volunteers, donors, and friends!

 

Donations of time, talent, and funds from the community has meant that low-income, working adults and veterans have walked through our doors 25,000 times to receive high quality, compassionate care that they would have otherwise foregone.

 

YOU have empowered our patients to restore and maintain their health.  YOU have made a significant difference in lives.

 

We’re proud to have reached such a milestone and to have made such an impact in the community.  Dental care is often inaccessible to low-income adults, but our clinic eliminates the financial barrier for these individuals, empowering them to improve their oral health and their overall health.

 

In fact, studies continue to show that the health of our mouth is connected to the health of the rest of your body.  Poor oral health and diabetes go hand-in-hand; an infection, like gum disease, affects one’s blood glucose levels.  Good oral health, alternatively, can lead to a reduced risk of heart disease, arthritis, and stroke.

 

Last year alone, more than 2,000 local residents walked through the clinic doors and received $760,980 worth of free dental care.  This feat is made possible through financial contributions from the community – through donations, grants, and attending special events – and the donation of time and talent from local dental professionals.  In 2017, HealthLink Dental Clinic’s small staff was aided by 1,334 hours donated by dentist volunteers.

 

Local dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants are encouraged to join the team of volunteers at the clinic.  Whether you can make a commitment of once a week or once a month, the clinic needs your help! Click here to learn more!

 

If you would like to make an investment in the health of your community, you can also make a donation online at www.healthlinkdental.org or by sending a check to: HealthLink Dental Clinic, 1775 Street Road, Southampton, PA 18966.  All donations are tax-deductible.

 

To be eligible for the free dental care provided at the clinic located on Street Road in Southampton, one must: be at least 18 years old; live in Bucks County or Montgomery County; be working, have a spouse or domestic partner who or working, or be a veteran; and have a household income at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.  More information about patient requirements can be found online at

 

 

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