High Point community clinic offers dental assistance to uninsured patients

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- It may look like a typical dental exam, but Angel Bullard is not a typical patient. She doesn’t have dental insurance, so ordinarily, she doesn’t have access to this kind of care. She went without dental care for years and her teeth were in really bad shape.

“When you`ve got bad teeth, it affects not just your mouth, it affects your head, your sight,” said Bullard. “I`ve even had mouth pain so bad that when the pain would shoot through, things would go black and I almost passed out.”

New this year, thanks to a new partnership between the Community Clinic of High Point and several area dentists, dozens of uninsured patients now have access to emergency dental care.

Let`s face it, a lot of people go to the dentist and say, ‘I hate being here, I don`t want to be here,’ and we hear that stuff all day,” said Dr. Cory Fielden, one of the participating dentists. “ So it`s a really nice thing for us when we get to see these people and they`re like ‘thank you so much for helping me.’”

The partnership is thanks to a $10,000 grant from the High Point Community Foundation.

Dental care is a critical need for all of our patients,” said Molly Jordan, executive director of the Community Clinic of High Point. “They do not have medical insurance, they do not have dental insurance and because we`re not able to provide it on site, it`s that much more difficult for us to find opportunities for our patients to receive this care.”