Kingsport residents will soon have access to free dental and vision services


KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – Tuesday morning the Meadowview Convention Center hosted a ribbon cutting on a new mobile vision and dental unit complete with five stations in it.

The program is called Appalachian Miles for Smiles and will provide much needed dental care to residents of the Tri-Cities.

The unit will provide mobile vision dental care al all of the RAM (Remote Are Medical) clinics in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

The mobile vision and dental lab will also serve folks at local events around East Tennessee to provide care for those area residents.

Bruce Sites, who is the executive director of the Friends In Need organization, said the unit was an idea set forth by the Greater United Way of Kingsport who said they saw a real need for these services that some people simply just can’t afford.

Previously the United Way of Kingsport had performed a study that showed there were up to 20,000 people in Sullivan County alone that didn’t have access to dental care.

Sites said, “It is one of those great miracles, I call it, of everybody coming together in developing this unit and being able to provide care at no cost for the people that need it.”

The unit has already provided dental care to over 500 people.

The United Way said this unit would not have been possible without the support of the community and the volunteers that worked to bring it to life.Copyright 2016 WJHL. All rights reserved.

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