VINA low-cost dental clinic accepting new patients

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VINA Community Dental Center is accepting applications for new patients at their low cost dental clinic in Brighton.

In order to qualify, you need to be a resident of Livingston County, have limited income (225 percent or less of the Federal Poverty Level) and have no dental insurance. Appointments for dental care or hygienist visit are only $25.

Applications and eligibility are available at www.vinadental.org, or visit the clinic at 400 E. Grand River Ave., just east of DT Brighton in front of Brighton United Methodist Church.

In 2018, VINA served over 1,300 patients and provided dental services totaling $370,000, using volunteer dentists, assistants and hygienists to augment a small, part-time staff. Appointment wait time, after application approval, is as short as two weeks, or shorter for emergencies.

VINA Community Dental Clinic was started in 2008 as a low cost alternative for those unable to afford dental care and insurance. In recent years, the percentage of senior patients has increased from 24 percent in 2015 to 49 percent in 2018.

VINA depends on three fundraising events per year, local and regional grants, support from several area churches, and individual donations. It receives no government funding to operate.

Events include: Annual Spring Gala, March 23 at Lakelands Golf & Country Club; VINA Golf Classic, June 24 at Lakelands; and its signature event, the Michigan – Michigan State Football Tailgate, held the Thursday before the big game, Nov. 14, at Crystal Gardens.

Tickets and sponsorships for the upcoming gala are still available; use the spring gala link at www.vinadental.org.

VINA’s mission is to provide quality, affordable dental care to Livingston County residents with limited finances and little to no access to dental care while upholding the professional standards of dentistry in a concerned and compassionate way. Learn more about VINA at www.vinadental.org.

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