Volunteers needed. If you are interested please call us at 503-916-5808
Welcome to Creston Dental Clinic
Creston Clinic Continues Serving Children
Without the service to the community that FCCDC provides, thousands of children each year would suffer needlessly from preventable oral disease."
--Carole Smith --Portland Public Schools Superintendent
More than 15,000 children in the Portland Metropolitan do not have sufficient dental care due to family financial strains or lack of insurance. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oregon has the fifth highest rate of untreated cavities in children. The Oregon Department of Human Services' 2007 Smile Survey showed that nearly twothirds of Oregon children, 1st through 3rd grades, already had at least one cavity; more than one in five had rampant decay, and more than one in four had not seen a dentist in the previous year. And the situation is only getting worse. In the period between the first Smile Survey
Maria and Luis with their translator Berit. Although Luis is hearing impaired, our clinic has been able to care for all of his and Maria's dental needs because of our amazing volunteer staff. Maria and Luis LOVE coming to the clinic!
in 2002 and the most recent survey in 2007, every major measure of oral health among Oregon's school children declined.
Children with oral disease experience terrible pain, have trouble eating and sleeping, have a higher incidence of absenteeism related to dental issues, and are less successful in school. Low income children in Oregon are disproportionately affected, yet there are very few safety nets to help treat and prevent oral disease for families who cannot afford care. And the worst part of all this is that dental decay is 100 percent preventable.
Preventing needless suffering is what Creston Children's Dental Clinic is all about!
We can help!
Creston Dental provides dental care for uninsured children K-12 in the Portland public schools. If your child qualifies, please print and fill out the application using the links below and bring it by the clinic.