|Dental clinic returns in early October posted on 09/01/2021|
Tami Beaty, Director of the free dental clinic being held
next month at the Sandy Seventh day Adventist Church, understands that people
may not be prioritizing tooth health during these tough times.
“It’s been very apparent that there’s a lot of people that
need this care,” she said, noting the challenges of the pandemic and that money
is likely going to other needs.
The clinic, which first started in 2018 but was not held
last year due to COVID-19, will offer a variety of dental services, including
fillings, extractions, cleanings, x-rays and a new addition this year, crowns.
“We’re super excited about that,” Beaty said.
She also noted that people can get “flippers,” which are
essentially dentures for a small number of teeth where people may be missing
“That can really make a difference when someone is going to
a job interview,” Beaty said. “This is about people’s livelihoods, making their
lives better, fuller.”
The last clinic (in 2019) served more than 100 patients and
this year members of the Mount Hood Community College dental hygiene program
will be on hand to help as many people as possible.
“We are going to try to get people through as fast as we
can,” Beaty said. “It seems like every year we push harder to get people
The clinic will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 at
the Sandy Seventh day Adventist Church, 18575 SE Langensand Road in Sandy.
Beaty noted that patients should arrive early to start going through medical
clearance for the clinic. No appointments are necessary, and the event will be
first come, first serve for treatments.
There will be a limit of one service per patient, but Beaty
added that during the times when there aren’t as many patients, people can go
through the process again to receive further treatment. Root canals will not be
The event will also feature free clothing for everyone who
needs it, as well as free books and free baby equipment. Beaty also hopes to offer
free food boxes during the clinic.
Beaty also added that if any dental assistants or dentists
are interested in volunteering for the event, or if anyone has questions about
it, to contact her at 503-698-4622.
Patients are asked to bring their owns masks to the clinic.
By Garth Guibord/MT