Now that the gap in dental services for people with low income has been filled, it's great to see so many people are taking advantage of this opportunity in our community.
The Southeastern Ohio Dental Clinic, which re-opened Feb. 7, reports an increase in patients. The clinic, located at 1207 Gilman Ave., is averaging 20 to 25 patients a day, according to Kathleen Meckstroth, Washington County health commissioner, up from last year's average of 15 patients.
The clinic closed in November due to funding issues after originally opening in October 2006.
With the increase in patients, it's clear the clinic still fills a need in our community. And it's also apparent that word of the good work being done at the clinic is spreading.
The clinic is open to anyone, with fees determined by a sliding scale based on federal poverty guidelines.
There are some stricter policies, for example regarding no-shows, which is only natural given the increased demand for appointments.
Meanwhile, county officials continue to work on future grants for the clinic. Officials also are trying to speed the Medicaid disbursement process.
But the bottom line is that the clinic is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. To make an appointment, call 374-6242.
We're glad this service is doing so well and serving so many people. We hope the opportunity for so many people in our community continues to be available for a long time.