The ribbon has been cut and the doors are open at the new Chattahoochee Dental Clinic, part of the Gadsden County Health Department’s efforts to bring dental care to residents in western Gadsden County.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Nov. 4 at the new location, 680 Maple St. The facility will also be used by senior citizens in Chattahoochee.
Following a welcome and opening remarks by Marlon Hunter, health department administrator, and the invocation by Veronica Thomas, dental clerk at the facility, Gadsden County Board of Commissioners Chairman Eugene Lamb addressed those in attendance, saying the facility is much needed, since so many children in the county live at or below poverty level.
Executive Dental Director Tamara-Kay Tibby thanked those who worked behind the scenes to make the opening possible.
“This facility is about preventive care,” she said, referencing the case of a Jacksonville man who died due to an abscessed tooth. “That’s something that is totally preventable.”
Dr. Anthony Polk, who will be the dental provider at the facility, encouraged those present to “tell everyone we’re here.”
The facility is equipped with four full-service dental treatment rooms, and has room to expand. The clinic’s primary focus will be to provide Medicaid-eligible children with comprehensive dental services, but some limited services will be available to adults as well.
Operating hours are Monday through Wednesday each week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hunter said the clinic could open five days per week if the need arises.
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