Hispanic/Latino immigrants receive free dental care

Staff report

CINCINNATI — Hispanic/Latino immigrants who don’t have dental care will begin receiving free services provided by the Cincinnati Dental Society’s Oral Health Foundation and CincySmiles Foundation next month.

“The Cincinnati Dental Society’s Oral Health Foundation and CincySmiles Foundation are very excited about our collaboration in providing free dental care for the Su Casa community. Our focus is the underserved adult population that has little or no access to dental care. We look forward to working together this year and in 2016,” said Victoria Nixon, executive director, Cincinnati Dental Society.

The services include oral exams, cleanings, x-rays, restorative, simple extractions, and removable prosthetics. Dental treatment will take place at either the Su Casa Hispanic Center or CincySmiles Mobile Clinics that will visit Su Casa-sponsored health fairs and parishes.

“This is such great news. Two years ago, we surveyed our clients about health care needs, and dental care was among the top unmet needs reported,” said Giovanna Alvarez, director, Su Casa Hispanic Center. “These services are going to make a big difference in the lives of many.”

To be eligible for the free services, individuals must not have a dentist or currently be receiving dental care. The services are for individuals who do not have dental insurance or Medicaid. Family income must fall at or below the 200% U.S. federal poverty guidelines. Su Casa will screen clients and begin offering services at its October 25 health fair in Carthage.

Su Casa was founded in 1997, adopted by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 2005 and is a program of Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio. Su Casa serves the poor and vulnerable of the immigrant Hispanic/Latino community and provides social, educational, language employment and health care services. Its mission is to support self-sufficiency for those looking for a better way of life.

Staff report