Program offers dental care in exchange for volunteer work

11/20/2013 | Kaiser Health News

A program in Calhoun County, Mich., funded by the United Way and private foundations offers free dental care to people with incomes below 200% of the poverty line in exchange for volunteer work in the community. Most of the more than 40 dentists who participate decline compensation, and patients must attend a two-hour class on oral health and be seen by a hygienist before being treated by a dentist. The initiative has caught on in Springfield, Mo., South Bend, Ind., and elsewhere.

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