Access to dental care is
a critical need

Recognition of oral health disparities among low-income individuals, people of color, and the elderly in Minnesota have prompted public health and community efforts to close the gap in access to dental care.

Lake Superior Community Health Center provides a safety net for people of all ages, offering low-cost health and dental services, referrals, and advocacy for children, teens, and adults. Major funding from Generations over the years has helped the organization purchase and remodel its current building in Duluth, establish a free and low-cost dental clinic, upgrade equipment, add programs, and better serve Twin Ports-area residents.

Dental care was a luxury that many people with low incomes in Northeast Minnesota could not afford prior to the establishment of the dental clinic at Lake Superior Community Health Center. Generations’ investment of $630,000 made the dental clinic possible.  It opened in 2006, giving area residents a new reason to smile.