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Free dental day serves 30 Key Peninsula residents

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Free dental care was provided to 30 Key Peninsula residents by more than 15 dentists, clinicians and staff from offices supported by Pacific Dental Services (PDS) at the Key Free Clinic on July 23.

Dental professional volunteers traveled from PDS supported dental practices in Lynnwood, Renton, Silverdale, Ballard, Issaquah and Gig Harbor to treat patients.

“We had an awesome turnout of people who needed care that we were happy to give,” Dr. Brian Polillo, a dentist at Lynnwood Crossroads Modern Dentistry and Orthodontics, said in a release. “It’s always great to see the positive impact we can have on our patients. Everyone who volunteered had a fulfilling experience. We can’t wait to do it again.”

The clinic was staged in a 33-foot PDS Foundation mobile clinic that has traveled across nine states during the past year and has provided dental care to more than 1,300 patients who have received nearly $1 million in dental care thanks to the foundation.

“The PDS Foundation helped the Key Free Clinic fill a much-needed service for our community,” Anne Nesbit, executive director of the Key Free Clinic, said in a release. “This was a wonderful day for everyone; patients, providers and volunteers alike.”

June Ward, wife of Richard Ward, who was seen by dental staff, was grateful for the care her husband received.

“This is so needed. Richard is on a fixed income and he always puts his health last,” she said. “He really needed to see someone.”

The Key Free Clinic provides free, non-emergency medical care to people on the Key Peninsula who cannot afford or reach health care.

The clinic is staffed by volunteer physicians, nursing and administrative staff.

Pacific Dental Services Foundation’s mission to serve communities locally, nationally and internationally through improved oral healthcare is carried out in part through its Mobile Dental Clinic’s efforts, specifically serving challenged urban and rural communities in need.

Partnerships with local community organizations like the Key Free Clinic have allowed the PDS Foundation the opportunity to spread oral health awareness while providing care and access to those without regular dental care.

Rep. Michelle Caldier (R-26th Legislative District), a dentist and Kitsap County native, stopped by to congratulate the volunteers and visit with patients.

To learn more about the Pacific Dental Services Foundation, visit PDSfoundation.org.

For more information about the Key Free Clinic, call 253-313-3791 or visit keyfreeclinic.org.

The Key Free Clinic is open from 5:30 to 8 p.m. every Thursday and is located at the Key Peninsula Health Center in Key Center, 8903 Key Peninsula Highway, KPN.

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