Baker County Health Department Expands Dental Clinic
Baker County Health Department employees, dental staff, business leaders, community partners, Chamber of Commerce members and citizens celebrated the expansion of the Baker County Health Department’s dental clinic on August 23, 2012.
The attendees toured the expanded facility, which now features eight dental chairs in an inviting environment for the children. Swamp themed murals decorate the brightly painted green, orange, blue and red walls.
“The Baker County Health Department is committed to providing programs of comprehensive health in which dental screenings, care, treatment and education are paramount,” said Kerry Dunlavey, administrator at the Baker County Health Department.
According to the Children’s Dental Health Project at the National Oral Health Policy Center, low income children have the highest amount of dental problems and are less likely to access preventative dental care. In 2010, the BCHD Dental Clinic ranked 3rdstatewide for reaching its target population for reaching 140.1% of the target population of which 33.33% was below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.
The clinic expansion will increase access, allowing the health department to better serve the children of this community.