Free dental servicesfor senior citizenscoming to the area


Special to the Altus Times



The South Western Oklahoma Development or SWODA is bringing free dental services to local seniors again this year.

Those who missed the opportunity last year need not fret because free dental services for those 55 years or older are coming to southwest Oklahoma later this month.

Representatives will be in Altus from June 27 to July 1 and in Burns Flat from July 25-29. Services are available for free to residents meeting the following requirements:

* Must be 55 years or older,

* Have no dental insurance of any sort,

* Be a resident of Beckham, Custer, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, Roger Mills or Washita counties,

* Have not received any other Masonic services in 2015 and 2016. Those who received any other assistance through the Masonic Program in 2015 won’t be eligible again until 2018. Those receiving Masonic assistance in 2016 won’t be eligible again until 2019.

* MobileSmiles dental work recipients in 2015 won’t be eligible until 2018.

Some of the services available to qualified participants through MobileSmiles Oklahoma include dental exams, x-rays, cleanings, extractions, sealant and fillings. The mobile unit does not provide root canals, oral surgery, partials or dentures.

Call today to make an appointment for free dental assistance provided by MobileSmiles, an RV-style dental office on wheels.

To reserve your space or for more information, call Samantha Walker, SWODA planner 800-627-4882, ext. 105.

SWODA is bringing MobileSmiles Oklahoma to this area at no charge thanks to funding provided by Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma. SWODA provides help in the form of Masonic Charities Assistance program which is dedicated to improving lives of citizens 55 and older.

The Mobile Dental Care Program, which was established in 2006, was a project of the Oklahoma Dental Foundation or ODF. Its purpose was to provide dental care and education across Oklahoma to those unable to access care and to recommend a dental home in their area. In 2013, it became a partnership program of the ODF and its major funder, the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation. The name of the program was changed to MobileSmiles Oklahoma or MSO.

For more information about the Masonic Charities Assistance Program or other SWODA Area Agency on Aging or AAA programs visit www.swoda.org/aaa.

SWODA includes the eight counties of Beckham, Custer, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, Roger Mills and Washita — covering more than 7,000 square miles and about 110,000 residents.

For more information about SWODA programs 580-562-4882.

Special to the Altus Times

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