Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation
Awards $25,000 to B Street Dental Program
Maine faces an extreme shortage of dentists and, of those practicing, only a handful accept Medicaid as a form of payment. Eligible patients often wait months or years for appointments. For patients without insurance, dental care remains an unaffordable luxury.
The lack of affordable and accessible dental care for children in Lewiston/Auburn is exacerbated by poverty levels in the downtown area, where the B Street Health Center is located, which are nearly 50 percent.
The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation recently awarded $25,000 to the B Street Family Health Center to help construct and furnish the new dental program.
"The King Foundations support has enabled us to expand our dental treatment and education programs, which focus on our underserved youth. The children we've treated have been receptive to learning ways to help keep their teeth healthy through daily brushing and flossing, and the dental staff has enjoyed working with them and their parents," stated Amy Cronkhite, Dental Hygienist at the B Street Dental Program.
Dental Services are currently being offered for children 15-years-old and younger who are patients of Community Clinical Services practices.
The B Street Health Center is located on the corner of Bates and Birch Streets in Lewiston. For more information on their children's dental program please call 753-5400.