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Summit County dentists pitch in to provide care

CAITLIN ROW
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Frisco, Colorado

Summit Daily/Caitlin RowLocal dentists aided with Give Kids A Smile Day in the county in conjunction with Summit Community Care Clinic.

FRISCO ” When Dr. Bob Faucett noticed a need for low-priced dental care for the county’s uninsured, he joined with Summit Community Care Clinic to start a dental service. It’s aided locals for nearly two-and-a-half years.

“It was obvious that there were people who couldn’t be treated because of cost,” Faucett said. “This keeps them out of the emergency room.”

Faucett is one of two staff dentists at the clinic. It also has six volunteers from the county, and up to four from Denver. It offers a whole spectrum of treatments, including emergency therapy and continued dental care.

“We don’t want to compete with private dentists,” Faucett said. “We want to provide quality care for the uninsured.”

According to Erin Major, the dental clinic’s coordinator, a major goal of the clinic is to educate people about the importance of follow-up care for overall dental health.

“It’s very important to have continued dental care,” Major said. “We want to create a dental home focused on prevention and education.”

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In 2008, the dental clinic had more than 3,000 visits and 1,200 patients. It’s open Monday through Friday, and patients must be able to prove that they live or work in Summit County. People must also qualify under income standards.

The Summit Community Care Clinic also offers medical care.

For more information, call (970) 668-4040 or visit http://www.summitclinic.org.

Each year the American Dental Association and the Colorado Dental Association sponsor Give Kids a Smile Day. It’s an annual (and national) event that provides free dental care for elementary school children in need.

More than $40,000 of dental care was provided through Summit County’s Give Kids a Smile Day on Feb. 6. Over 50 Summit County students had exams and cleanings at Summit Community Care Clinic and Summit Pediatrics. Every dental office in the county participated.

Summit County’s dental community started its own “Adopt a Student” program in conjunction with Give Kids a Smile Day, so young children who need follow-up care can get it. Once treatment plans were determined, students were then “adopted” by a local dentists to have their dental care completed.

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.