New Clinic to Provide Affordable Dental Care in Northeast Oklahoma

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TULSA, Okla. (KFOR) – A new clinic at a University of Oklahoma that will open later this year will soon help Oklahoma residents who need affordable dental care.

Earlier this week, the University of Oklahoma announced a $2 million donation from Delta Dental of Oklahoma and the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Foundation to the OU College of Dentistry.

The donation will fund a dental clinic on the OU-Tulsa campus.

“This outstanding gift from Delta Dental of Oklahoma and its Foundation reinforces our shared commitment to improving the overall health of our state – an ambition that will be realized through this new dental clinic,” said OU President Joseph Harroz. Jr. “For more than 50 years, the OU College of Dentistry has provided essential dental services to Oklahomans, and this new clinic will extend that tradition to the northeast corner of our state. We are deeply grateful to Delta Dental for their dedication also to improving access to high-quality dental care for more Oklahomans in what will become a premier learning environment for our dental students.

Officials say the comprehensive care clinic at OU College of Dentistry Delta Dental of Oklahoma will allow students to provide dental care to community members in need.

Care will be provided by third and fourth year dental students under the supervision of certified dental faculty members.

Over the past five years, the OU College of Dentistry at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City has provided dental and emergency care to more than 285,000 patients. Experts say nearly 25% of those patients came from the northeast of the state for treatment.

“As the only non-profit dental benefit provider in the state, Delta Dental of Oklahoma is proud to stand with the University of Oklahoma at the forefront of dental education and treatment” , said John Gladden, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Oklahoma. Oklahoma. “The OU College of Dentistry is an invaluable partner in helping Delta Dental of Oklahoma fulfill its nonprofit mission to improve the oral health of all Oklahomans.”

The clinic is expected to open later this summer.

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