Delta Dental donates $2M for Seattle dental clinic

Delta Dental of Washington has donated $2 million for a new dental clinic to serve low-income and uninsured patients in Seattle.

Set to open in June, the Dental Education Clinic will serve Medicaid and uninsured patients on a sliding fee scale and will also train 40 to 60 dental hygienists and the same number of dental assisting students each quarter, according to Delta Dental.

The 20-chair dental clinic is expected to provide 19,000 visits for 6,300 patients annually and will accommodate patients in more than 40 languages and dialects. Among the services offered will be annual exams, cleanings and fluoride treatments, emergency dental care, and restorative treatments.

The clinic will serve residents of the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle, where about 40% of residents didn't visit a dentist last year. The clinic will be managed by Neighborcare Health, Delta Dental of Washington, Seattle Central College, and the Seattle Vocational Institute.

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