- Last Updated on 04:20 PM 01/17/13
- BY Special to the Gazette
What happens if a person doesn’t take care of their teeth? Lots — and none of it is good.
According to the American Dental Association, not taking care of teeth leads to cavities, gingivitis, bad breath and tooth loss. Preventing dental problems means taking care of teeth and gums every day, starting from a very young age and continuing throughout life.
On Thursday, Jan. 31, interested persons can learn all they need to know about caring for their teeth at Halifax Regional Health System’s first Health Nite out of 2013, “Super Tooth to the Rescue!”
Join Bridget Brown, DDS, at 6 p.m. in Leggett Auditorium for a program on cavity detection, prevention and management in both children and adults. Space is limited so reserve a spot by calling 434-517-3094 or register online at www.hrhs.org.
Dr. Brown is affiliated with Halifax Regional Dental Clinic that will begin seeing patients on Friday, Feb. 1. Located on Aubrey’s Loop adjacent to Halifax Primary Care, the dental clinic will maintain a patient base with 80 percent of patients 21 years old or younger and 20 percent over the age of 21. This focus on children will provide critical early prevention and treatment that will support childhood development and curb future dental issues. The clinic will provide affordable, high quality dental services to area residents who do not have the financial means to access dental care.
The clinic is part of a 10,000 square foot expansion recently completed at Halifax Primary Care. In addition to Tobacco Commission funding of $400,000 for equipment, Halifax Regional received a community development block grant through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development in the amount of $700,000.
Virginia Health Care Foundation also has approved $150,000 of first-year operation funding. Additional contributions were received from Delta Dental, Wells Fargo, Suntrust, CapTrust and Morgan Trust.
Halifax Regional Dental Clinic will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. focusing on Medicaid eligible and uninsured children of all ages as well as adults with or without insurance. Services include but are not limited to preventive dentistry, oral hygiene education, routine cleanings, X-rays and root canals.
Appointments to Halifax Regional Dental Clinic may be made by calling 434-517-8361.
The community is invited to meet Dr. Brown, learn about dental health and what Halifax Regional Dental Clinic has to offer at “Super Tooth to the Rescue!”
Call 434-517-3094 to reserve a space or register online at www.hrhs.org.