South Clinic & My Community Dental Centers
Smiling seems to come naturally for some people. But those pearly whites are also major indicators of health and well-being. There is more scientific evidence than ever before linking oral health with overall health and chronic illness. The need for more access to dental services was expressed in the 2011 Community Health Needs Assessment, ranking the top health concerns of Kent County residents. Of the 44 priorities in the assessment, “ensuring access to dental care” was the fifth highest ranking concern. The Kent County Health Department (KCHD) worked to find a way to make dental care accessible to all residents.
South Clinic, located at 4700 Kalamazoo SE in Kentwood (the former Kentwood Library), provides public health (WIC, Immunizations, and other KCHD services) and dental/oral health needs, all under one roof. KCHD partners with My Community Dental Centers (MCDC) to provide dental services. While many dentists do not accept Medicaid insurance for dental services, My Community Dental Centers does. My Community Dental Centers also offers discounted services for people that are uninsured or underinsured.
In 2017 MCDC opened a second dental clinic in Cedar Springs at 14111 White Creek Ave. NE. The facility, located near U.S.131 and 17 Mile Road is a six chair facility dedicated to serving residents of northern Kent County.
The partnership is due in large part to the leadership of Kent County’s Board of Commissioners, the City of Kentwood, and a very generous philanthropic community. More than a dozen organizations shared our vision for providing this essential service to our community.
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
O'Donovan Family Foundation
Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
Matilda M. & Harold D. Crane Foundation
Spectrum Health Healthier Communities
Delta Dental Foundation
West Michigan District Dental Society Foundation
Those interested in KCHD services can call (616) 632-7200; those interested in services offered by My Community Dental Centers can call toll-free (877) 313-6232.