Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades Plans to Expand Dental Care Program with ...


Oregon's Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades has spent the last decade providing free medical care to low-income, working adults, but it's now looking to add a new service: dental care, KTVZ reports.

Thanks to two foundation grants, VIM will be able to hire a contracted dental hygienist, who will provide cleanings, X-rays, and treatment recommendations onsite at the clinic.

"With routine dental care provided by the hygienist at VIM, it will be far easier for dentists to intake patients and donate care for the more advanced dental work," says VIM's executive director.

"There is a broad consensus among national experts that expanding the dental home model and furthermore building medical primary care integration will improve health outcomes," he adds.

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