|Community Options: Expanding Dental Care for Disadvantaged Youth|
If private dental practices cannot or will not absorb more charity care, our community should increase the capacity of the Christian Dental Mission, add a dental care dimension to an existing medical clinic, or develop programs using dental student residents from the University of Kentucky or University of Louisville.
Start-up and operating costs will vary based on whether equipment and furnishings are donated, staff members are paid or volunteer, space is donated or leased, hours of operation are full-time or part-time. Costs could be minimal or several hundred thousand dollars annually. Moreover, costs would likely increase by 15 percent to 30 percent or more annually.
A community dental clinic would serve a substantial number of patients who need dental care but are unable to pay, particularly if evening and weekend hours can be offered.