People’s smiles in North Carolina are looking better than ever recently thanks to a free dental clinic. Retired dentist, Dr. Edward Houser, opened the clinic around four and a half years ago to serve those who cannot afford dental treatment.
In March of 2012, House bought a used trailer with his own money, secured donated equipment and began seeing patients. With more than 40 years of dental experience, he accepts donations for those who can, but does not bill those who cannot. The clinic runs off of a “first come first serve” basis, and is available to any resident of North Carolina.
Last summer Houser was able to open a new 1,500 sq. ft. facility with four treatment rooms after demand outgrew the trailer. Dominion Virginia Power donated a $8,000 grant towards a dental laboratory. The lab makes it possible to make some partial and full dentures for patients. He has also received past financial support from numerous organizations from around North Carolina.
Houser is determined to keep the clinic open for as long as he can with hopes of expanding and recruiting other dentistry professionals to volunteer.
Since the clinic has opened, Houser has treated about 2700 patients, totaling $750,000 worth of free dental work.