Oral Health is an essential component of a person’s wellbeing, affecting the ability to eat, speak, socialize, secure employment and attain overall health. Many Arlington Free Clinic patients haven’t had oral health care in years – some have never been to a dentist.
Arlington Free Clinic launched its Oral Health Program in 2015, and in the program’s first six months of operation, learned just how great the need for dental care is. To accomplish all of the work needed to get patients’ mouths healthy, each person requires on average, four appointments with AFC’s dentist.
Learn how you can support the Dental Program here.
Filling the Gap in Dental Care Campaign
Proper dental care can be a matter of life and death. Many diseases that start in the mouth can ravage the rest of our bodies. That was the case for William Mellon, who died at the age of 62 from an untreated tooth infection. In memory of her father and to help others get the oral health care her father couldn’t afford, Mary Mellon has made a $250,000 commitment to Arlington Free Clinic (AFC) to help enable a better way to serve our patients.
With Mary’s gift, our ongoing fundraising, and special one-time gifts from loyal supporters like you, we will triple the number of patients that receive vital dental care. AFC’s Filling the Gap Campaign will make it possible to move our dental program to our main medical site, expand services, and streamline care delivery to those in need.
By integrating dental operations within AFC’s clinic footprint, our campaign will expand access to oral health services and advance our mission of improving health outcomes through truly integrated, whole-patient healthcare.