How to Get the Best Dental Care Available

120x-scribble-bmdcMany of us don’t think twice about going to the dentist; it’s something we do twice a year. But not everyone can afford good quality dental care – or even know how to take care of their teeth. The Ben Massell Dental Clinic provides the most advanced dental care available to its patients — Atlanta’s neediest population — at no cost.

Nearly 150 volunteer dentists dedicate their time and expertise each month to people who otherwise would not have access to comprehensive, quality dental care as well as eye care, counseling and overall healthcare. 

How to Have a Healthy Smile

  1. Understand the role healthy teeth and gums play in your overall health.
    The link between periodontal disease and heart disease is well-established. Newer studies have shown a correlation between sick gums and diabetes, and research is underway on a possible connection to osteoporosis, problems during pregnancy, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity and other conditions.

  2. Take care of your mouth.
    Good oral health involves more than just brushing and flossing twice daily. A healthy diet that includes limited snacking is a big factor. If you smoke, quit. Know your mouth and examine it frequently. And visit your dentist regularly. He or she can help you develop an oral health plan.

How the Dental Community Can Help Those Who Can Least Afford Good Dental Care

  1. Volunteer.
    Nearly 150 dentists are changing thousands of lives each year. We provide so very many people with basic and specialized care for their mouths and for their overall health. We restore smiles and literally save lives.

  2. Use your expertise to help others.
    Specialists needed. We’re not asking for a huge commitment — just a half day each month. But the impact is enormous! Please be part of this century-old tradition and experience.

  3. Encourage your regular patients who need a 3D x-ray to get one at BMDC.
    This is an out-of-pocket expense anywhere and a way your patients can support the clinic. They can give the image to you on a CD.

Not a Dentist but Still Want to Help?

  1. Encourage your dentist to volunteer at BMDC.

  2. Volunteer yourself at the front desk.
    We always need help answering and making calls, organizing paperwork, scanning charts and doing other administrative things. You’ll find it a rewarding and fast-paced experience. 

  3. If your child is becoming a bar or bat mitzvah, encourage him or her to include BMDC in a mitzvah project.
    Dental supplies like soft toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss are always useful. In addition, past projects have brought in books and toys around which the clinic was able to design special events for patients and their children. We are open to new ideas and welcome questions.

  4. If you need a dental implant, have your 3D x-ray taken at Ben Massell. 

How to Get a Health Screening If You Can’t Afford a Doctor

  1. For someone with life and health issues brought on by poverty, joblessness, homelessness, diabetes, HIV-AIDS, drug abuse or something else, BMDC is the answer.
    Through Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care Services (SJMCS), the clinic offers general health screenings for such conditions as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. SJMCS also offers continuing care and some prescription medications — all at no cost to the patient. Georgia Lions Lighthouse offers patients free eye exams and glasses.

  2. If a patient needs some additional support, our full-time social worker provides services such as information and referral, case management and confidential counseling.
    We provide a safe, supportive place for individuals to get some direct support for any challenges they may be facing. Ben Massell patients are able to take advantage of these services at no cost.