Cottage Grove and Oakridge are opening WIC dental clinics in their communities to provide free dental hygiene assessments, fluoride varnish applications, dental cleanings and oral health information to their WIC clientele. The Cottage Grove clinic opened on June 13th, and is being followed by a similar effort in Oakridge starting July 19th. It is estimated that these combined clinics will serve as many as 457 patients.
“WIC, which provides families with healthy nutrition options and promotes health behaviors, is a natural partner in providing these services since we know that nutrition and oral health go hand-in-hand,” said WIC Program Supervisor, Connie Sullivan. “Young children with cavities may experience speech difficulty and miss school days due to pain and infection; these clinics will help to reduce that problem.”
In addition to free services, Parents will also be given homecare supplies, toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss, plus information crucial to proper oral care and cavity prevention. The Lane County WIC public health nutrition program is designed to promote lifetime nutrition and healthy behaviors in a targeted, at-risk population.
The Cottage Grove clinic will initially operate on the 2nd and 3rd Thursday of each month at the Department of Human Services Family Center, 305 Coop Court in Cottage Grove. The Oakridge clinic will operate every 3rd month on the 3rd Friday of the month at the Willamette Activity Center, 47674 School St in Oakridge.
For questions regarding eligibility or for more information, call the main WIC office in Eugene at 541-682-4202.