The Gift of a Smile: Our Dental Clinic

Our Dental Clinic at the Village Family Health Center helps our neighbors in need feel comfortable to eat, speak and smile again.


Before and after pictures of clients who've received dentures from our Dental Clinic.

 

Did you know that for many of our clients, receiving dental care from the Village Family Health Center is a turning point in their journey out of homelessness?

 

It can restore dignity and self-confidence and is often a deciding factor when applying for a job or securing an apartment.

Our work of ending homelessness, one life at a time, goes far beyond simply providing shelter and food to people in need.

As you can probably imagine, it is difficult to maintain good dental health while living on the streets. People don’t have access to running water or dental hygiene products. Their diet is often limited and regular trips to the dentist are not even a consideration. As a result, people lose more than just their teeth.

 

Take Joseph for example.  Before he received his dentures, he refused to work the day shift at his job as a security guard because he was afraid of what people would think of him due to his missing teeth. Plus, his lack of teeth made speaking to people very difficult.

 

Now, after receiving his dentures, he’s returning to day shift security, where the opportunity for promotion is greater. He said:

“It’s about feeling confident and comfortable to be around other people… I love showing off my new smile.”

Poor dental health impacts our neighbors’ ability to find work, eat solid food and fight infection. Poor dental health is also linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases.Before and after picture of man who received dentures from the Dental Clinic. Reads: A single set of dentures costs up to $720. The total cost must be covered by private donors.

That’s why the Dental Clinic at the Father Joe’s Villages’ Village Family Health Center offers dentures free of charge, in addition to regular dental care, to those in desperate need of restorative dentistry.

Our Dental Clinic lifts neighbors in need out of pain and shame, granting them dignity and respect as they move forward to a brighter future.

In 2017, the Dental Clinic provided more than 450 patients access to dental care, improving their health and quality of life. They also provided dentures to more than 40 individuals, opening the door for job opportunities, and restoring hope.

 

Despite the incredible results, restorative dentistry is often not covered by health insurance. This life-changing service would not be possible without the generous support of donors like you.

“Because of donor support, the dental clinic at the Village Family Health Center provided nearly 3,000 visits in 2017, helping our neighbors feel comfortable to eat, speak and smile again,” said Dental Director Dr. Rachelle Flores. “This increase in self-confidence helps them to land jobs and housing, helping to end homelessness one life at a time.”

Your gift, whatever the size, will have a direct and lasting impact on our homeless neighbors seeking care at our Dental Clinic.

 

What could be better than giving a smile to a neighbor in need?

 

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