Dental clinic coming to the Circle City in the next 2 years

DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Currently, in the Circle City, there are only 60 dentists for nearly 500,000 people in a 50-mile radius.

That averages out to about 1.4 dentists per every 10,000 people, whereas the national average is 6.1 dentists per 10,000 people.

Within the next two years, the city of Dothan will be getting a University of Alabama-Birmingham Dental Clinic.

It will provide 10,000 patient visits yearly and will be treated by those associated with the UAB College of Dentistry.

The care will be provided by faculty, residents, and students of the University of Alabama College system.

“In this area, it’s 1.4 dentists per every 10,000 residents, so there’s a need, and when there’s a need we like to help address it,” UAS Chancellor, Finis St. John IV said.

The clinic is part of a $3.4 million dollar project that was approved by the Alabama legislature and Governor Kay Ivey.

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