OKLAHOMA CITY — Poverty is a fact of life for thousands of Oklahomans.
That includes many who live near the Baptist Mission on Exchange Ave. in Oklahoma City.
Brother Marcus Gentry said, “People who live around here don’t have electricity, gas, water. So those are major issues.”
Preventative dental care is a luxury they cannot afford.
Oklahoma Dental Foundation spokesperson Katherine Adams said, “A lot of these people, it helps with job prospects, personal lives, confidence, so we’re aiming to help the whole body.”
The Oklahoma Dental Foundation caters to folks like 82-year-old Eldora Morrow.
They provide everything from fluoride to fillings.
Marrow said, “They are gracious enough to let me have my teeth cleaned. I’m thankful for that.”
This clinic on wheels is equipped with everything you’d find in a traditional dentist office.
Patients receive, on average, $200 in free care here.
Gentry said, “It’s proven if you have poor dental health, you could have heart disease, it’s been linked to cancer. All kinds of things. It’s more than smiles, it’s their life.”
The Oklahoma Dental Foundation has already helped 10,000 patients in all 77 counties.
Next month, they’ll roll out another bus, paving the way for even more healthy smiles.