We are so excited and thankful to the Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) for a three year grant supporting dental hygiene care.
Between 2007 and 2015, visits to the Charlottesville Free Dental Clinic have increased by 1,300%. This increased community need inspired the expansion of our Dental Clinic space last summer, which allowed us to offer walk-in clinics and begin to develop our hygiene program.
“We have been experiencing a growing need for dental services in the last year. This grant from VHCF will definitely help meet our community’s need for basic dental care,” said Dr. Rebecca Swett, dentist and member of the Free Clinic Board of Directors. With this grant from the VHCF and the continued generosity of our donors, the Free Clinic continues to increase dental services to meet the need our community. Hygiene and oral education are a vital service of a safety net dental clinic. According to the Emergency Department at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, “dental” was the ninth most common diagnosis code in an analysis uninsured patient visits over a twelve month period.