Dental bus provides free care in Baker

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The Florida Baptist Convention’s Mobile Dental Ministry Unit will visit Baker Arena May 8-12 (photo courtesy Florida Baptist Convention)

HOLT, Fla., May 1, 2017—The Florida Baptist Convention’s free mobile dental bus returns to Baker May 8 through 12.

The state-of-the-art mobile dental unit is part of the Florida Baptist Convention’s Mobile Dental Ministry across Florida, associated with the Florida Dental Association.

Services are available for “people who are without dental insurance and who are at 200 percent or below federal poverty guidelines,” said Barbara Denman, communications director for the Florida Baptist Convention.

To participate, patients must be pre-screened at the Baker Area Recreational Center May 5 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

“Paperwork will be completed and an appointment will be assigned,” Denman said.

The bus has two treatment rooms, each equipped with X-ray equipment and instruments needed for basic dental work for low-income Florida residents.

Adults and children 6 years old or older who need dental care but cannot afford it may receive basic dentistry work such as fillings and tooth extractions.

“The Florida Baptist Convention Mobile Dental Unit, built in the year 1998, travels across Florida providing free dental care for patients in need,” according to the website. “Each year the bus offers approximately 40 weeks of dental care, crisscrossing the state to meet needs.”

The bus last visited Baker May 2016.

“The Okaloosa Baptist Association—representing the Southern Baptist churches—sponsors it each year,” Denman said.

Stephanie Holcombe

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