The Duncan Banner

May 2, 2013

Patterson Avenue Church to host dental service project

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

COMANCHE — Overall health is sometimes closely related to oral health.

And that’s one reason Patterson Avenue Baptist Church is hosting a free dental exam clinic from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Two Comanche dentists (Gerred Davis and Cody Shores) will be performing the free services.

“It’s part of our community outreach program,” Sue Garrett with Patterson Avenue said. “Dental health is tied to overall health. We did this last year with great success.”

The service project is aimed at people who do not have dental insurance. This event will help people take care of their teeth, while allowing the church to give back to the community.

Garrett said the dental service will coincide with a blood drive through the church. It will also be an opportunity for people to sign up for Sooner Care. She said a lot of people don’t have access to computers, which makes it difficult to sign up for Sooner Care.

She isn’t sure how many people were helped last year through the dental program, but said she expects about the same number of people to take part in the free service.

“There will be about 15 to 20 minutes per patient,” Garrett said.

A few months ago, several local dentists took part in a similar dental clinic in Lawton. While that service did help hundreds of people, the Patterson Avenue project will be on a smaller scale, aimed mostly at Comanche residents.

As far as the event being set for Saturday, Garrett said there’s nothing special about the day. It was selected because it was the most convenient day for everyone involved.

“May 4 is the day the dental lab could come,” Garrett said.