Dental Care On A Bus Rolls Into NC Communities

SYLVA, N.C. -- Free dental care is rolling into North Carolina communities where poor and uninsured people have done without.

The new X-ray equipped bus sponsored by the North Carolina Dental Society visits Sylva on Saturday.

The mobile dental clinic expects to provide care to more than 6,000 people this year with support from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

More than a million of the state's nine million residents have limited or no access to dental care.

Blue Cross CEO Brad Wilson says routine dental screenings can detect diabetes, heart conditions, osteoporosis and other diseases.

The bus travels this summer to clinics in Sparta, Washington and Asheville.

It later visits Gastonia, Kill Devil Hills and Greensboro through the end of the year.


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  • by Lori Location: Angier/Lillington,N.C. on Oct 29, 2011 at 09:00 AM
    I would like to know when a free dental workshop or bus will be in the harnett county area? I have 2 children in college and myself in great need of dental work. We have been in and out of pain for over 2 years, but haven't been able to afford what dentist have asked to pay for the work needing to be done.please let me know of any places we may be able to for treatment.
  • by Debarah Location: Sylva, NC on Jun 28, 2011 at 07:03 PM
    Would like to know when and where the bus will be in Sylva, NC. I have heard about this bus but never got the opportunity to have access to it..could someone let me know please..
  • by citizen. Location: bayboro, nc on Jun 10, 2010 at 03:48 PM
    Just because a person have insurance doesn't mean that they still can afford it. insurance is a copay and if there is something wrong with teeth still have to pay 200 or 300 dollars, for a single parent that is low income as well and they still will not accept someone that has a job but insurance and a child. i think they should.
  • by Citizen Location: Kinston on Jun 9, 2010 at 10:21 AM
    It's a wonderful thing they're doing; however I doubt very seriously there will be opportunities available for poor, low income "legal" citizens to receive free dental services. I'm going by what I saw on the commercial put out by the NC Dental Association when they offered this service before. Just remember, for all the people here illegally taking up spaces in the long lines means lost opportunities for our own citizens in need of this service. I'm not against helping anyone, but I think it's time we start looking out for our own first. Many of our poor citizens are missing out on services they need because we are forced to cater to those who shouldn't be here in the first place. This type of political pandering has landed us in the mess we're in. Nobody wants to talk about it, but the problem can't be solved if we continue to ignore the cause. Would you leave your own family hungry and go next door to feed your neighbors family? It's what we're doing in this country and it's wrong.
  • by Fiona Location: California on Jun 5, 2010 at 10:55 PM
    I can almost guarantee if you are among "the working poor" your income will disqualify you from getting needed care. This will probably only benefit those already getting state/federal assistance. I hope I am wrong, but doubt it.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Jun 5, 2010 at 04:38 PM
    What happened to the dental clinic that the Rev. Moore established a year or so ago???
  • by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2010 at 04:07 PM
    Where are all the dumb Yankee comments about peoples teeth?
  • by steve Location: eastern nc on Jun 5, 2010 at 12:16 PM
    The NC Baptist Men also have a dental/medical bus that travels around the state all year. Contact the NC BAptist Men for the location at times all year long. It usually has a least one dentist there and stays for a day or two. It is free to those who are in need.
  • by betty on Jun 5, 2010 at 11:44 AM
    Please come to Farmville area. We need it really bad. There are a LOT of people out of work in our area. Very poor living and can't afford dental care. PLEASE COME TO FARMVILLE and let us know when you're coming. Thank you and God bless you all for all the good work you're doing for us poor people.
  • by Deb Location: Eastern NC on Jun 5, 2010 at 11:37 AM
    BCBS Dental Bus schedule Link http://www.ncdental.org/ncds/Schedule.asp?SnID=562239267.
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