dental care

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Hoping to limit contact with the nasal and oral droplets that spread COVID-19, most Oregon dentists have been ordered to temporarily close up shop. But-- dental emergencies happen.

KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert talks to one dental provider still open-- under a state mandate to treat only the most urgent dental issues.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Several health groups and Native American tribes are backing a bill to expand dental care across Oregon.

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Eugene’s low-income residents can soon get improved -and more accessible- care for their teeth and gums.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the White Bird Clinic is building a new dental facility.

Tiffany Eckert

Eugene’s White Bird Clinic was founded in 1970 with a mission to help the homeless and indigent with a variety of human services. The agency offers drug and alcohol counseling, crisis support and medical services. White Bird just purchased a new building to expand its dental program. For thousands of people, this clinic may be their only contact with a dentist.

Tiffany Eckert

For nearly 50 years, White Bird Clinic has helped under-served populations in and around Eugene with crisis counseling, medical and-- since 1995--dental programs. The need for this service has continued to grow, prompting the agency to expand in size and scope.

Angela Kellner

Since the great recession, job security has been elusive. One bright spot is the health care field. Lane Community College in Eugene offers training programs to help students land well-paying jobs in the health care industry, including dental care. Lane recently opened a new dental clinic on Willamette Street where students can learn by treating patients.