Knox County Health department dental clinic reopens

The dental clinic at the Knox County Health Department is open once again and scheduling patient appointments. The clinic is open Monday through Friday.

 

Dr. Brandon Washington is the new dentist at the clinic. A 2011 graduate of The Ohio State University School of Dentistry, Washington was employed in private practice in the Mansfield area prior to joining the health department staff.

 

He is joined by Laura Nance, dental hygienist. Nance who previously worked in the clinic in a contract position, has been hired for a full-time position with the health department.

 

Dental clinic services include routine dental care for adults and children including check-ups, fillings, sealants, cleanings, extractions and other emergency care. Fees are based on a sliding-fee scale. Medicaid and most insurances are accepted.

 

The health department has operated a dental clinic since 1967, with varying hours of operation and services. Initially, local dentists volunteered to staff the clinic.

Since moving to Upper Gilchrist Rd, the health department has contracted with five different dentists to work in the clinic. Most recently, the clinic was forced to close in mid-November when the dentist left to open his own practice in southern Ohio.

 

“We are really looking forward to having Dr. Washington and Laura Nance on staff, full-time, serving the residents of Knox County,” said Health Commissioner Julie Miller. “There’s a real need for dental services in our area, especially for those without insurance or on Medicaid.” Knox County has been a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) for dental services for over 20 years.

 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the dental clinic at

740-399-8008.

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