A Distinguished Track Record of Helping Children
"On any given day, as many as 3,800 children in 1st to 3rd grades in Oregon are suffering from dental pain or infection."
Oregon Smile Survey 2012 Report
The Creston Children's Dental Clinic is one of the few places in Portland where large numbers of low-income children can receive regular, high quality dental care in a clinic setting. Creston was founded in 1952 by the Assistance League of Portland, who operated the clinic until 2009 when they announced Creston's closure. To avoid losing this community resource, a group of dental health professionals established the Friends of Creston Children's Dental Clinic (FCCDC) to assume stewardship of Creston. With public and private contributions, and volunteer support, FCCDC was able to keep Creston from closing and put in motion a new sustainable operating model.
Today, our dental home model for Creston is based on volunteers, collaboration, education, and equitable access to care. Creston is a five-chair clinic located in Creston Elementary School in SE Portland; the only school-based dental clinic in our area. FCCDC provides education and treatment to over 1,000 low-income students in grades K-12. Patients receive comprehensive dental care including 6-9 month exams, sealants, fluoride varnish applications, x-rays (including panoramic), dental supply kits, and more. Our education program "Healthy Roots" engages children and parents in classes and dental trivia games, and provides them with free dental kits.