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Remote Area Medical expanding reach with dental clinic

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KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) - Remote Area Medical is stepping up its efforts to meet a huge need for dental care in Appalachia with what could be the first of several mobile dental clinics.

The Rockford-based charity that recruits volunteers to provide free medical care to the needy often has to turn away dental patients.

The Kingsport Times-News reports ( a new mobile clinic inside a donated trailer will help with the overflow crowds at RAM events. It also is expected to hold separate dental events in the Tri-Cities region 12 to 15 times a year.

The clinic will be staffed by volunteers and provide primary care such as cleaning and fillings, offering referrals to patients with more complicated needs.

If the clinic is successful, RAM plans to duplicate it in other parts of Appalachia.

Information from: Kingsport Times-News,

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