A dental clinic in Southampton is offering free care and services to veterans and income qualifying individuals. HealthLink Dental Clinic recently reopened after closing due to the pandemic and is looking for volunteers.
HealthLink, a local non-profit, has operated since 2001. But it temporarily closed in mid-March with many other organizations and businesses due to lockdowns.
Now its doors at 1775 Street Road are open again. With this new opening, they need help from qualified volunteer dentists who can offer routine cleanings, X-rays, fillings, root canals, and crowns.
The clinic is completely free for Bucks and Montgomery County veterans. HealthLink also extends these services to low-wage adults in these counties to “bridge the gap” for those who cannot afford dental coverage.
While some advanced Medicare plans offer dental coverage, a significant number of people are struggling financially due to COVID-19. While states must provide dental coverage for income qualifying children, the same is not true for adults.
One volunteer is Doug Rouff, a retired dentist who worked in private practice in Michigan for 35 years. Since moving to Doylestown, Rouff spends his free time serving patients at HealthLink.
“Dentistry is not an inexpensive service and the people at HealthLink are finding ways to provide an opportunity for people to receive care,” Rouff said. “When you have a private practice career you have to make money, pay your staff, and keep the office running smoothly. Now that I’m retired, engaging in the volunteer opportunities has been extremely satisfying.”
During the ongoing pandemic, the clinic is open by appointment only. Despite this setback, another volunteer dentist at HealthLink is hoping to expand their client base and “get the word out” to help more people.
“I will be happy when the facility can increase its current operation. I know there are real challenges because COVID-19 precautions are extensive,” said Phyllis Detwiler. “The HealthLink staff is working diligently to assure they satisfy all requirements and offer a safe experience for clients.”
All first time patients who qualify will receive an X-Ray to determine the best treatment plan for them.
Anyone looking for more information or to volunteer can call HealthLink at 215-364-4247 or visit their website healthlinkdental.org.