The Georgetown University School of Dentistry has joined with SOME (So Others May Eat) to establish a dental health center for low-income patients at SOME headquarters at 71 O St. NW.
The dental clinic is directed by Dr. Gregory Lakas and four senior dental students from Georgetown. They provide care on an appointment and emergency basis, and ask patients for donations to defray costs.
SOME, a non-profits organziation that provides many services to the city's poor and homeless, serves about 300 meals daily to the indigent.
The new dental clinic's summer hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The number to call is 332-2220.
The O Street clinic is one of several centers in the District that provide low-cost dental care. The clinics, usually operated by the D.C. government or local unversities, offer a range of services to children and adults. Fees are generally set according to the patient's income or are paid by Medicaid.
"Dental services (provided by the D.C. government) have been very fragmented," said Dr. Joseph Payne, of the Department of Human Resources medical assistance unit. "We are trying now to organize them and centralize reponsibility" for them.
In fact, it took more than 15 telephone calls to various D.C. agencies to get even a partial listing of city-sponsored clinics. No one with a complete list could be located.
The age groups served and the services offered vary from clinic to clinic, so prospective patients are advised to call ahead. Some city-sponsored clinics include:
Upshur Street Dental Clinic, 4200 13th St. NW, 576-6376.
Adams Dental Clinic, 19th and California streets NW, 673-6777.
Burroughs Dental Clinic, 18th and Monroe streets NE, 576-6636.
Georgetown Dental Clinic, 3246 P St. NW, 282-0013.
Mamie D. Lee Dental Clinic, Gallatin and Fort Toten NE, 576-6090.
R Street Dental Clinic, in Shaw Junior High School on R street NW between 9th and 10th streets, 673-7243.
Sharpe Dental Clinic, in Sharpe Health School, 4300 13th NW, 576-6161.
Walker Jones Dental Clinic, 1100 First St. NW, 727-3640.
H Street Dental Clinic, 635 H St. NE, 727-0289.
Anacostia Neighborhood Dental Clinic, 1328 W St. SE, 767-7886.
Benning Heights Dental Clinic, 46th and Benning Rd. SE, 767-7569.
Congress Heights Dental Clinic, 8th and Xenia streets SE, 767-7874.
Hart School Dental Clinic, 601 Mississippi Ave. SE, 767-7922.
Parkside Dental Clinic, 701 Kenilworth Terr. NE, 727-0379.
Southwest Dental Clinic, Delaware Avenue and I Street SW, 727-3617.
There are two maternal and child health dental clinics:
15th St. Dental Clinic, 702 15th St. NE, 727-/0405.
Hunt Place Dental Clinic, 4130 Hunt Pl. NE, 727-0530.
Three community health maintenance organizations also provide some dental care:
Shaw Community Health Center, 1707 7th St. NW, 483-1450.
Community Gruop Health Foundation, 3308 14th St. NW, 745-4300.
Providence Hospital dental services, 4520 12th St. NE, 269-4851 or 269-4259.
Howard University's dental clinic is located at 600 W. St. NW, 636-6457, and Georgetown University's clinic is at 3900 Reservoir Rd. NW, 432-1234. Patients must call ahead to make appointments at both clinics.