Free dental clinic for East Texans in need

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Released by Diane Thomason with the Bethesda Health Clinic:

TYLER, TX - This Saturday, 500 to 700 East Texans will get relief from dental pain when they receive thousands of dollars in free dental care and screenings. The Texas Mission of Mercy (TMOM) dental clinic will be held at Bethesda Health Clinic Saturday, March 27th, with Dr. David Nichols DDS overseeing the project.

The TMOM brings local organizations, dentists and other medical professionals together to provide dental, optical and medical treatments to low-income and indigent patients in undeserved areas. Dr. Nichols said it is not uncommon to see adults with several abscessed teeth, and he expects more than 1,000 bad teeth will be removed that day. There is not access to free dental care for adults – no government program or Medicaid. This is one of the few opportunities that people have to get care without paying for it.

There will be about 100 medical professionals and dental hygienists and another 300 nonmedical volunteers, including dental and college students. There will be triages set up for optical services and cancer screenings.

Organizations involved with the project include: PATH, Total Healthcare Center, Dental Society members, East Texas Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, St. Paul's Children's Foundation, United Way, Northeast Public Health District, Texas Workforce Commission, Tyler Junior College, Women's Health Connection, Texas Health and Human Services.

People have to apply and be within 200% of the poverty level. They will be triaged on Friday at Tyler Junior College's Dental Hygiene School and the work will be done at Bethesda on Saturday between 7:00AM and 4:00PM.