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Detroit Mercy Dental provides mobile dental care this summer 

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June 22, 2018

Children ages 2 to 17 can hop aboard University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry’s Titans for Teeth mobile dental clinic this summer as the clinic rolls into neighborhoods to help people with dental needs.

Children without insurance will receive dental care at no cost. Detroit Mercy Dental students will perform cleanings, X-rays, extractions and fillings under the supervision of faculty and will receive credit hours, while gaining hands-on experience.

The Titans for Teeth mobile dental clinic is supported by a $585,000 grant from the Delta Dental Foundation in order to increase access to oral care for children in Detroit. This program also aligns with Delta Dental and Forgotten Harvest’s Healthy Food, Healthy Kids program, which is aimed at building healthier communities in metro Detroit by raising awareness about proper oral health habits and providing access to healthy food sources. The Delta Dental Foundation granted Forgotten Harvest an additional $250,000 in 2018, totaling its contribution to Forgotten Harvest 's feeding programs to nearly $750,000 since 2016.

According to a survey of third graders in Michigan, children living in the city of Detroit were four times more likely to be in need of immediate dental care than children in the suburbs. 

The mobile clinic schedule is as follows:

  • June 25 - June 28 at Knapp Library: 12 -3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday;  
  • July 9 - July 12 at Knapp Library: 12 -3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and
  • July 16 - July 19 at Matrix Human Services: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 
Locations
  • Knapp Library, 13330 Conant Street, Detroit.  
  • Matrix Human Services, 13560 E. McNichols Road, Detroit.

To make an appointment, at Matrix, call 313-494-6645 or for Knapp, call 313-481-1770. Spots are reserved on a first come, first served basis and only 8-10 patients will be seen a day.

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