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Despite superstorm Sandy, NYU dental volunteers will staff Down East clinic

Tom Walsh | BDN
Tom Walsh | BDN
More than 3,000 children and adults have received free dental care from New York University faculty and students who have been staffing Washington County clinics since 2010.
By Tom Walsh, BDN Staff

MACHIAS, Maine — The lower east side of New York City has been without power after superstorm Sandy, but that hasn’t pulled the plug on efforts by the New York University College of Dentistry’s Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program to be in the Washington County community of Machias throughout this week.

NYU faculty dentists and dental students who headed to Maine over the weekend spent much of last week — in the dark, many wearing headlamps — packing up the supplies they will use to provide free dental care to children and adults, beginning Monday, Nov. 5, at Lee Pellon Event Center at 90 Main Street.

“They’ve been packing up in buildings that have no power,” said Jen Wood, who is coordinating the free clinic for the Washington County Children’s Program, a division of United Cerebral Palsy of Maine. “Some of the supplies they will need were already shipped to us before the storm, but they are bringing the rest with them.”

Wood said only three of the 33 people expected to come to Down East Maine to staff the clinic are unable to make the trip, given the fallout from Hurricane Sandy. Working with local volunteers, they will be offering free dental care most of this week.

On Monday and Tuesday, the clinic will run from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. On Wednesday hours will be extended to 6:30 p.m. The clinic will be closed Thursday, but will be open again from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday.

Routine dental services for children will include examinations, X-rays, fluoride varnish, sealants, fillings, extractions and stainless steel crowns. Emergency adult services include examinations, X-rays, sealants, fillings and root canals.

The clinics are designed to provide dental care to those who have limited access to dental health providers. Since the clinics began two years ago, they have meet the needs of more than 3,000 children and adults.

For information, call 255-3426 of visit www.wccp.net.

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