Low-income dental clinic breaking ground in Fitchburg

Low-income dental clinic breaking ground in Fitchburg
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A new dental clinic that will serve low-income patients is breaking ground in Fitchburg.

The new facility is scheduled to open in mid-January. It will serve about 1,500 low-income patients, including an estimated 750 children, according to non-profit More Smiles Wisconsin.

Jeff Okazaki, the executive director of More Smiles Wisconsin, said more than 65,000 people in Dane County do not have access to dental care.

” When we look at the low-income population, the population that’s really in need in the Madison area, they are about five decades behind in that understanding and in that level of care,” Okazaki said. “And whether that’s because they didn’t have that education initially or just because they haven’t been able to find a provider, we want to really bridge that gap.”

More Smiles Wisconsin is partnering with the Boys and Girls Club Family Center in Fitchburg to open the new clinic.

The clinic will provide full dental services, such as cleanings, extractions and fillings to patients. They can be uninsured or have BadgerCare Plus.