Dental program for uninsured launches in West County this month

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Uninsured adults in West Contra Costa County will be able to receive dental services starting this month as part of a partnership between the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Lifelong Medical Services.

The Bay City News reported that the partnership will provide exams, cleanings and X-rays, among other services, to those without dental insurance. The county has an estimated 300,000 residents who lack dental insurance.

St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County began the dental program in central county three years ago. It refers patients from its branches at county churches, prioritizing those with pain and infection. A dental committee screens and reviews patient requests, then forwards accepted requests to clinics in the county, including LifeLong Dental in West County, or a participating local dentist.

More information on the program is available at www.svdp-cc.org or by calling (925) 439-5060 or by email request at dental@svdp-cc.org.

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