Dental clinic celebrates new location

Non-profit service office helps more than 600 people monthly

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — The Miami County Dental Clinic’s new location will bridge the gap to meet the needs of its clients.

The non-profit dental clinic moved from its West Main Street building to its new office at 70 Troy Town Drive in Troy.

The office reopened on Aug. 21. The Troy Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting during the office’s donor recognition open house on Thursday.

“We got to the point where we could not fulfill our mission. We could not see emergencies, we couldn’t see walk-ins. People had to wait months to get back in for a filling,” said Executive Director Claire Timmer.

Timmer said the board voted to move the office to the former dental office of Dr. Wayne Fisher.

“Moving a dental office isn’t easy, but the whole staff chipped in and moved everything,” Timmer said.

Patterson Dental installed the equipment and the dental team was back to helping clients in August.

According to Timmer, the new office location can now accommodate three Ohio State University dental practice internships as well as more clients.

Timmer said the Miami County Dental Clinic assisted 450-500 clients a month in its old location. In the new office location, the non-profit agency office helped 620 clients in the month of October alone, including its Traveling Smiles program.

The Traveling Smiles program sets up a dental service within schools and other organizations. The Traveling Smiles Dental Clinic recently completed exams and cleaning services at Heywood Elementary School.

Traveling Smiles are currently serving Troy and Piqua elementary schools. Traveling Smiles provides dental exams, X-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, fillings and other services. Traveling Smiles has already serviced 325 students since June, according to coordinator Rebecca John.

“It has really grown. We recently signed up a school in Piqua and we’ll see 85 children there,” John said.

Heywood Elementary School Principal and United Way of Troy board member Maurice Sadler said Traveling Smiles is a “fantastic” organization that helps his students in need of dental care right inside the school building.

“Often times, small things are caught early before they become big things. I can’t say enough about this program,” Sadler said.

The Miami County Dental Clinic is a non-profit organization that provides dental care to serve the uninsured and under-insured residents of Miami and Shelby Counties. The organization operates on a sliding scale fee for services and accepts insurances, including Ohio assisted insurances.

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Non-profit service office helps more than 600 people monthly

By Melanie Yingst

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