Several months ago, the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County announced they had made plans for a new dental clinic to be opened on the site of the BGCDC Allied Family Center in Fitchburg. They partnered with More Smiles Wisconsin to provide a space where children would be able to receive the dental care that can be elusive in today’s health marketplace system.

Today, the BGCDC and More Smiles Wisconsin proudly hosted a ribbon cutting to mark the opening of the clinic at 6719 Jenewein Road in Fitchburg.

The clinic will provide oral health services to low-income families on the southwest side of Madison and on the north side of Fitchburg. Over 25,000 children are enrolled in Medicaid in Dane County, but many of them still lack access to basic dental services.

BGCDC CEO Michael Johnson said he is proud to see the clinic opened and hopes that it will lead to children missing less school time and wants the clinic to serve more than 1,500 patients this year alone.

“Clinics like More Smiles are critically important because the need in our community is so high,” Jeff Okazaki, Executive Director of More Smiles said. “There are tens of thousands of people right here, a city within our city’s worth of residents and children who need our care.”

Written by Nicholas Garton

Nicholas Garton

Nicholas Garton is a Madison365 graduate and a reporter for Madison365.