March 20 is officially recognized as World Oral Health Day, but Tennessee’s Meharry Medical College plans to get an early start on March 11.
According to The Tennessee Tribune, the institution of higher learning’s chapter of the Association of Dental Students (ASDA) will provide free dental services such as cleanings, extractions and fillings to more than 200 uninsured residents of Nashville.
“It is estimated that only 35 percent of working-age adults receive dental care today, in part because of financial barriers and a low perceived need,” said Dr. James EK Hildreth, President and CEO of Meharry Medical College. “By hosting Oral Health Day, we hope to provide as many members of our community with the critical dental care they need at no cost to them.”
The Meharry School of Dentistry is the leading producer of African-American dentists in the country. 41 percent of Black dentists in America are Meharry grads. In addition, 83 percent of alumni choose to practice in low-income and under-served communities.
To receive treatment, patients must be at least 18 years of age. They will be seen on a first come, first serve basis and no insurance or ID is required.
For more information on Oral Health Day, visit www.MeharryASDA.org.