Needy people in the Capital region will have greater access to dental care, thanks to a $30,000, three year grant the Junior League of Lansing is making to Care Free Dental.
The dental operation is part of the Care Free Clinic, located on South Pennsylvania Avenue in Lansing, that Barry Saltman founded to give medical and dental services to the uninsured and under-insured in the Capital region.
With the grant, Care Free Dental can serve the dental needs of 133 new patients each year.
The most significant outcome expected as a result of the grant is an increase in access to care for a vulnerable population, leading to a decrease in dental decay, says Timothy Zielinski, the head volunteer dentist.
The dental clinic treats 1,500 patients each year. The Junior League grant will allow volunteer professionals to better serve patients with procedures such as regular exams and routine care, emergency care, x-rays, dental cleanings, tooth restorations, extractions and patient education, Zielinski says.
“The grant from the Junior League is a major boost to the clinic. Care Free manages every dollar so carefully that we can serve many patients with this grant.”
Source: Timothy Zielinski, D.D.S., Care Free Dental
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