What is St. Petersburg Free Clinic Dental Program?
The Dental Clinic is a program providing uninsured adults with dental hygiene, fillings, and extractions. Volunteer dentists, dental assistants and dental hygienists provide care to patients through one days clinics that are hosted multiple times per month. These one day clinics are hosted in partnership with Pinellas County Dental Association, Pinellas County Health Department and Pinellas Technical College.
Last year, 444 clients were provided with $200,254 worth of dental services.
When we first met Aimee she had just visited the emergency room with a dangerous dental infection and a diagnosis of Hyperthyroidism. Aimee was constantly in excruciating pain. She didn’t know where to turn because she couldn’t afford treatment.
Desperate for help, her grandfather found information on St. Petersburg Free Clinic. She was seen by a medical doctor and then referred to the dental department. Aimee came to a Saturday Dental Clinic very nervous and without any hope. When our Dental Coordinator, Claudia, asked about her situation she simply said every single tooth is bad.
That day she had 13 teeth extracted! Aimee commented that “the staff was amazing. No one treated me like I was less of a person because I couldn’t afford to pay, which says a lot about each and every one of the people working with St. Petersburg Free Clinic.”
The volunteer dentist who treated Aimee at that clinic wanted to do more to help so he reached out to our Dental Clinic and asked to be connected with Aimee directly. He offered to do an upper and lower partial denture for her at no cost!
Aimee says “after having my treatment done I no longer wake up every morning with pain. I don’t know how I could ever repay any of you. Please know from the bottom of my heart how grateful I am and that I will never forget the kindness the Free Clinic showed and the blessing Dr. Blair Snoke gave me, a healthy smile!“