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Kalamazoo’s Family Health Center serves around 300 during Dental Day of Caring

March 20, 2023

KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO AM/FM) — Kalamazoo’s Family Health Center hosted its Dr. Lisandra Soto Dental Day of Caring on Saturday, March 18 on it’s office on Alcott Street.

During the one-day clinic, about 300 uninsured adults received a dental exam and cleanings, sealants, fillings and extractions if needed, all free of charge.

25 dentists and fourth-year U-M dental student volunteers, as well as 15 dental hygienist student volunteers and more than 150 volunteers overall volunteered their time despite the snowy weather which may have kept others from leaving home for the day.

“Many adults who don’t have dental insurance can’t afford to take care of their teeth, and that poses a big risk to their overall health,” said President and CEO of Family Health Center, Denise Crawford.  “Dental Day of Caring addresses that need for hundreds of our community’s most vulnerable residents.”

The event is named after former Chief Dental Officer Dr. Lisandra Soto, who championed for providing quality oral care to underserved people. She created FHC’s first Dental Day of Caring in 2019.

Dr. Soto passed away from cancer in October 2019.

Original article published on WKZO.com. View article here.

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