VIDEO: East Texas Mission of Mercy to offer free dental and vision services

Published on Monday, 27 January 2014 12:45 - Written by

Low-income families will soon have a chance to receive free dental and vision care services as part of an East Texas Mission of Mercy program.

East Texas Mission of Mercy was created when several dentists in Tyler realized the need for dental care in East Texas. The purpose of the event is to provide free dental treatment and eye examinations for low-income adults and teens who cannot afford care.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 28 at Bethesda Health Clinic, patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

All persons who receive treatment must be screened on Feb. 28 to schedule their appointment for March 1 at the treatment site. Screenings are necessary to determine if the work needed can be done.

Services to be provided are: dental examinations, extractions and oral surgery, dental fillings, eye exams and vision care. For dental, priority services will be provided for pain, infection, and necessary extractions. Fillings and other services will be provided as available at the treatment sites.

People are eligible if they have an income below 200 percent of the federal poverty level and are unable to afford the services. Local agencies, health departments, county indigent offices, or treatments facilities may identify prospective patients. However, all patients will have the personal responsibility to appear for the Mission of Mercy screening and their scheduled appointment the next day.

For more information, call 903-596-8353.

 

IF YOU GO

What: East Texas Mission of Mercy hosts free dental and vision services for low-income patients

When: Screening begins at 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 28; treatment will be held on March 1

Where: Bethesda Health Clinic, 409 West Ferguson