Chatham Co. Safety Net Planning is offering free dental care this weekend

GARDEN CITY, Ga. (WTOC) — Experts recommend visiting the dentist twice a year, but that’s often not possible for people who don’t have dental insurance.

Yet dental health is essential to overall health, which is why the Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council has partnered with Remote Area Medical for the second year in a row, to make dental care accessible to people from all over the region.

Dental cleanings, fillings, X-rays and even oral cancer screenings are just some of the services offered Saturday at the Garden City Recreation Center, completely free.

“It’s a huge help, because when you think about it, we put other priorities above the essentials. Make sure our teeth are clean, make sure our eyes are good, we put other essentials on them just so we can survive, especially with everything going on these days,” patient Jamari said. Tripp.

That’s why Remote Area Medical and the Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council have set up a free dental clinic.

The Safety Net Planning Council conducted a survey last year and found that 60% of people who responded had not seen a dentist in over a year, largely because of cost.

However, not taking care of your oral health can cost more than money in the long run.

“Studies have shown that poor dental health can cause problems with the cardiovascular system. I have personally known families of people who have died from dental infections, so maintaining your dental health is necessary for your overall medical health to be stable,” said Dr. Randall Ford.

Although medical and dental issues are often linked, their insurance is separate.

However, the dental clinic does not require insurance, co-payment or even ID to make care accessible to anyone who needs it.

However, it takes a lot of time and personnel to set up the clinic.

“It’s a great group of professionals here in the Chatham County area that have come together. They’ve got the expertise, they’ve got the knowledge, we’re bringing the hardware and the systems, and everything is falling into place so that the entire community here in Garden City and the Chatham County area can be taken care of,” Jeff said Eastman.

“Come down and do it. Take time out of your day and come do it because it’s worth it. They did a good job,” Tripp said.

If you missed the clinic on Saturday, no worries. It is open again on Sunday from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Patients are however seen on a first come, first served basis. So the earlier you come, the better.

Christy J. Olson