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Neighborhood Health adds dental services

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Neighborhood Health at Lebanon recently announced the addition of dental services at the full-service health clinic.

A dentist and hygienist are available three days a week at the clinic, located at 217 East High Street, Suite 200. A release issued by Neighborhood Health noted both appointments and walk-ins would be welcome.

The expansion of dental services was funded by a $350,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. Services include cleanings, X-rays, fillings, extractions and dentures. Care is provided to children from the age of four years old and for adults of all ages. The clinic welcomes those with dental insurance, TennCare and those who have no insurance. Dental and medical services are provided to those without insurance at a discount rate based on income.

"Neighborhood Health always tries to provide comprehensive services and holistic care to those we serve," said Mary Bufwack, CEO. "Over the last few years, we have been able to provide integrated medical and behavioral services at all 12 clinics including our clinics in Lebanon and Hartsville. To now be able to provide residents of Lebanon, Wilson County, Trousdale County and the surrounding communities access to affordable dental care is very exciting."

Bufwack noted that poor oral health often has a serious impact on other health conditions like diabetes and hypertension, and that good oral health is essential for pregnant women. "Tennessee ranks 47th in the nation for the level of overall oral health and is one of only a half-dozen states where Medicaid does not provide dental insurance to covered adults."

Neighborhood Health currently provides dental care to about 2,500 patients through dental clinics at three of its Nashville facilities.

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