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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) – Anthem Kentucky Medicaid held its first “Dental Days” clinic of 2022, as part of its “Brighter Smiles, Brighter Futures” campaign, at the HomePlace Clinic at the Mountain Comprehensive Care Center in Pikeville on Saturday.
The goal of the clinic was to provide quick and easy access to dental care for those who might need a quick checkup, cleaning or procedure by Kare Mobile Dental Clinic.
“We believe that teeth are often expendable. If it hurts, our first thing is to take it out and there are reasons for that,” said Dr. Whitney James, dentist at Kare Mobile Dentistry Clinic.
Some dental clinic waitlists are long and others can’t afford to pay for a visit, so Anthem made sure the clinic was free for its members.
“The waiting list is long, access to care is quite difficult at times, so we’re just trying to help some people while they’re waiting to get to these other places,” Dr James said.
In addition to a free quick exam, cleaning, or procedure, those who attended the clinic also received other items such as a sonic toothbrush, dental floss, and other resources. to keep their smile healthy.
“They show up here, we check them in, we have a table with information, with toothbrushes and floss,” said Anthem public health consultant Grace Nelson, “It’s important to our members that their needs in dental care are satisfied, it can help with their self-image, their nutrition and it can benefit them from an overall health perspective.
Nelson also said the CDC reported that 60% of Kentuckians had not seen a dentist in the past year.
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