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Medical Teams International and Salvation Army Celebrate One Year of Providing Dental Care in Duluth

by Angela Pratt | Feb 26, 2014

(Duluth, MN, February 24, 2014)—On Friday, February 28th, Medical Teams International (MTI) and the Salvation Army will mark a one year partnership in providing free and low-cost dental care to Duluth families in need.

In the past year, volunteer dental professionals have provided cleanings, exams, x-rays, fillings and extractions for 140 patients who accessed MTI Mobile Dental clinics at the Salvation Army.

Since 1989, the humanitarian relief and development organization’s Mobile Dental program has provided free or low-cost care to children and adults who cannot afford or access dental services.  Operating out of a converted motor home, each mobile clinic contains two dental chairs and all necessary equipment, instruments and supplies.  Last year, Medical Teams International was able to provide dental care to more than 730 people across Minnesota. 

“The Salvation Army has been a great place to host our dental clinics for those in need,” says John Braddock, MTI Mobile Dental Program Development Officer. “Most people are already very familiar with their location and are comfortable seeking services there. They have great staff and volunteers to help with administration and hospitality of the clinics.”

Support for these clinics has come from the Northeastern District Dental Society, Ordean Foundation, Junior League of Duluth, Kiwanis Club of Friendly Duluth, Duluth Fire Department and, most recently, a grant from Essentia Health.

For more information on Medical Teams International’s Mobile Dental program, go to www.medicalteams.org or contact John Braddock, Mobile Dental Program Development Officer, at 507-208-5614 or jbraddock@medicalteams.org.

MEDIA ONLY:  Media is invited to attend a Mobile Dental clinic where dental volunteers  and MTI & Salvation Army representatives will be available for interviews on Friday, February 28th from 9-10:30.

Clinic will be held at the Salvation Army, 215 S. 27th Ave W, Duluth, MN 55806