EUGENE, Ore. -- The White Bird Dental Clinic has bought a new building in downtown Eugene in an effort to expand their services.
With the new location, the clinic will be able to help 50 more patients every week.
The clinic, which has been serving the homeless and low-income community for nearly 50 years in Lane County, said they don’t have enough space to serve the increasing amount of patients they see.
Last year, they served nearly 2,500 people, and they’ve already served more than 2,100 this year. That’s an average of more than 200 patients every month.
The cost of services varies, depending on the patient’s income.
“I care about my teeth, and I’m sure many people do,” patient Mike Nease said. “These other places, like I said, $3,000 for one tooth.
Not everybody can afford that. And if you don’t have insurance, it’s a pretty reasonable place to come.”
The new building is off Pearl Street and is 6,000 square feet -- twice the size of their current space.
They hope to have it up and running by June.