Services provided to patients from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 14679 S.E. Sunnyside Road.

Dr. Kelsey McEvoy, Dr. Anna Nguyen and their team at Sunridge Dental Care will participate in Free Dentistry Day to help address the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 108 million Americans are living without dental insurance.

"We understand that many people in our community and across the nation haven't been to the dentist for a long period of time. Some don't understand the importance of dental health, but more often than not, they don't have the financial means," said Dr. McEvoy. "This event is a great opportunity for us to share our time and resources with those less fortunate and give back to the community."PMG FILE PHOTO - Dr. Lisa Strauch, left, and Taylor Schlagel perform dental work on a patient at Lake Oswego Family Dentistry.

There is increasing evidence that links oral health to overall health and well-being. The signs and symptoms of over 100 medical conditions, including diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Lou Gehrig's disease and oral cancer may first be detected through traditional oral examinations.

"Dental health is a vital part of a person's overall health," said Dr. Nguyen. "Through this event, we hope to educate patients on the importance of dental health and encourage them to adopt an ongoing oral care regimen."

"It's very gratifying to see the impact that events like Free Dentistry Day can have on the life of a person. While we're changing their life, they're changing ours," said Dr. McEvoy.

During Free Dentistry Day, cleanings and extractions will be provided to patients from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 14679 S.E. Sunnyside Road, Suite D, Happy Valley. Patients will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 503-427-9770 or visit

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