REEDSPORT -- The mobile dental van is coming to town this weekend, and adults and children living within the Reedsport School District qualify for free service.
Dr. Gary Goorhuis and his staff have provided the weekend dental service for about seven years, with support and donations from the Rotary Club of Reedsport and Medical Teams International. Goorhuis said appointments are filling up, but some slots are still available.
'There is a real big need in this area for dental help," he said. 'Preventing is a lot less expensive than fixing."
The dental van can handle about 30 to 35 patients in a weekend. It initially was brought to the community to care for children from low-income homes. But the number of children Goorhuis sees has shrunk.
'We don't see enough children," he said. 'Having the dental van here is such a good way to get more children to come see a dentist."
Applications for weekend appointments can be picked up at the Family Resource Center, 5 St. John Way. Those seeking dental care must meet the following criteria:
• Live within the Reedsport School District.
• Have no insurance.
• Meet federal poverty guidelines.
Contact the Family Resource Center at 541-271-9700 to learn more about applying for free dental care.
The Mobile Dental Van is supported through tax-deductible donations and grants. Those interested in financially supporting the dental van can send donations to Reedsport Rotary Foundation at P.O. Box 91.
The van will be at Goorhuis's office on Frontage Road on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22 and 23, and again on May 24 and 25.