Muscogee (Creek) Nation
The Eufaula Indian Health Clinic recently offered preventative dental care to nearly 50 students from the nearby tribal dormitory as part of the American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile program. It was the first time the two had partnered together. Bret Hayes, administrator at the clinic, hopes to offer it again in September. It's a great way to offer preventative care, he said.
“Some had not had dental services in a while,” Hayes said of the students. “We are trying to be preventative, not reactionary.”
The dental team offered restorative services and urgent care.
For those who had issues, they were referred for treatment, he said.
Since launching in 2003, the American Dental Association's Give Kids A Smile program has helped more than 5.5 million underserved children receive oral health services. The services are provided by volunteers, including approximately 7,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members.
“It’s good for us to be a part of the whole health plan,” Hayes said.
The Eufaula dental team consisted of three dentists, one dental hygienist, five dental assistants and two front-desk associates. They worked from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and even skipped lunch in order to see all 49 students. The total amount of work conducted was about $13,000.