Free community dental clinic hosting an annual golf tournament fundraiser

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Dental clinic visits among adults in Alabama are significantly lower than the U.S. average, according to the state’s Department of Public Health.

In Madison County, thousands of people need help accessing dental care.

“According to the Chamber of Commerce, the disadvantaged population is approximately 46,000,” said Bill Frayne of the Community Free Dental Clinic. “These days it’s hard to believe.”

Since the clinic opened in 2013, the organization has treated approximately 9,000 patients.

“We know we have a long way to go,” Frayne said. “We are all here to try to make Huntsville and Madison County a better place. At least relieve some people of pain and discomfort.

Price spikes fueled by the pandemic and inflation have created new challenges for the nonprofit.

“It was catastrophic for us. Just the cost of dental supplies, sanitary supplies, sterilization equipment, what we call personal protective equipment,” he explained. “They’ve all increased exponentially.”

The free community clinic is holding a fundraiser with proceeds going to their running costs. The tournament will take place at the Links at Redstone on May 20. The game starts at 8:00 a.m.

It costs $60 for an individual to register or $240 for a team. This includes lunch, green fees and a cart. A link to register can be found on the Free Community Dental Clinic website.