Dental care is critical to good health

Your excellent article, “If you haven’t been to a dentist recently in Hampton Roads, You’re not alone” addressed the pressing need for dental services, particularly for the uninsured and underinsured. Poor oral health is associated with problems managing diabetes, heart disease and even pregnancy related problems, and as a result we now incorporate oral health exams into management of our diabetic and pregnant patients.

Olde Towne Medical and Dental Center offers dental care for the uninsured, underinsured and Medicaid patients 40 hours a week, including oral examinations, imaging, cleaning, fillings and extractions. We provide about 3,600 adult and pediatric patient visits a year. Our dental team consists of five part-time dentists, two part-time hygienists, two full-time dental assistants and eight wonderful volunteer community dentists.

Our medical clinic offers primary adult and pediatric care, as well as gynecology, prenatal and pediatrics care, psychiatry, cardiology, nephrology, sports medicine and ophthalmology. In collaboration with EVMS, we also offer HIV/AIDS management. We also have programs to provide free generic and brand name medications to uninsured patients. Walk in visits are available daily.

Fees for services are on a sliding scale based on annual income, but no one is turned away for inability to pay. For more information,call 259-3258.

William J Mann Jr MD


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