Stanly County Dental Clinic Celebrates 20 Years of Service – The Stanly News & Press

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The Stanly County Dental Clinic is celebrating 20 years of providing dental care services to children and youth in Stanly County.

“This is an excellent public health service, providing all children and young people with access to dental care,” said Director of Health and Human Services Dave Jenkins.

The creation of this dental clinic took many years thanks to the advocacy of
Angela Croyle until she found a home at Stanly County Health Department.

“When we arrived on our opening day, there were already Head Start kids lined up around the building to be seen at the dental clinic,” said Angela Herrin, the first dental assistant hired for the dental clinic. “Parents had been informed that their children could receive dental treatment at this new clinic and they visited to ensure that their children received the dental treatment they needed.”

“The need for this service has not diminished since that very first day. Our clinic’s mission today and tomorrow is to ensure that all children and youth receive quality comprehensive dental care,” added Dr. Mindy Turner, Stanly County Dental Clinic Director and Pediatric Dentist. .

Services provided at the clinic include exams, cleanings, fillings, sealants, crowns, fluoride treatment, education, space maintainers, pulp therapies, and tooth extraction. Turner has established operative services with Atrium Health Stanly for those who need extensive dental care.

“Our services have expanded beyond our dental clinic setting to include the community setting,” Turner said. “We provide dental screening, sealants, cleaning, fluoride varnish, oral hygiene education and oral hygiene supplies to elementary and middle school children and have been temporarily interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

These school-based dental services have been funded by several Duke Endowment grants.

Mouth Care without a Battle is a dental program currently offered to Monarch residents through the Stanly County Dental Clinic. This project involves a dental hygienist training Monarch staff to teach their residents good oral health practices. This project was funded by a Duke Endowment grant.

The Stanly County Dental Clinic has seen thousands of children over the past 20 years.

Children and youth, up to age 18, who are covered by Medicaid, NC Health Choice, private dental insurance, or private payment are eligible.

For more information about the Stanly County Dental Clinic, call 704-986-3845.

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