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NC Dental Society Foundation Grant Restores Smiles in Western North Carolina

The NC Dental Society Foundation is helping a local organization fulfill its mission of restoring lives – one tooth at a time.

The NC Dental Society Foundation is helping a local organization fulfill its mission of restoring lives – one tooth at a time. Friday, November 10, the Foundation presented a check for $25,000 to the Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic.

“Your work provides care to thousands of people who otherwise simply could not afford it, and that’s impressive,” said Dr. Mark Scheiderich, president-elect of the NC Dental Society and practicing dentist in Fletcher, NC. “But what’s even more impressive is that your services go beyond just fixing problems to providing preventive care. Your proactive approach means that these folks can now live pain-free with a healthy mouth.”

The Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic http://www.blueridgefreedentalclinic.org/ provides preventive and restorative care to the 15,000 eligible residents in the counties the clinic serves. Since 2005, the clinic has performed 46,192 procedures with a value exceeding $6,700,000. 

In 2017, the North Carolina Dental Society consolidated its charitable and community outreach efforts and established the NC Dental Society Foundation http://www.ncdental.org/for-the-public/north-carolina-dental-society-foundation. The Foundation provides free clinics for who can’t afford care, funds local efforts to help those suffering from poor oral health, and helps provide access to dental care for people in need.

Photo cutline: NC Dental Society president-elect Mark Scheiderich (left) presents check to the leadership and staff of the Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic. Blue Ridge board president Ron Freeman (right.)

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