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Local dental clinic serves low income families

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Eau Claire (WQOW)-  Most of us make it to the dentist once or twice a year. But for families struggling to make ends meet, or on limited insurance, dental care becomes less of a priority, and more of a luxury. That's why we're highlighting an area dental clinic that caters only to low income families or those on Badger Care.

"A lot of dentists don't accept badger care here." That was something Jennifer Stevens and her family quickly found out after moving to Eau Claire from Minnesota. "We actually didn't have a family dentist," continued Jennifer. "We had come from Winona, and Winona was the last time any of our children had been to the dentist."

The Stevens now get their smiles checked out at the Chippewa Valley Technical College Dental clinic. The clinic is unique, it serves low income families or those with Badger Care who are having a hard time finding a provider that will accept their insurance.

"This has been a really good opportunity for us to pick up the slack in patients that haven't been getting care from private offices, and it isn't because they don't really want to see them, it's because they can't afford to see them in large quantities," said Pam Entorf an instructor at the dental clinic.

CVTC is able to offer services for around 60 percent less than what most private dental offices charge. "Students are able to see a wide variety of patients and patients who otherwise would not get care are actually able to access care here at the clinic," continued Entorf.

CVTC's dental clinic is open four days a week during the summer, allowing students and instructors to see more patients, especially children.

To contact the clinic call (715) 833-6200.

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