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The addition of two new dentists to the staff of the Will County Health Department’s Community Health Center Dental Team has allowed for not only additional weekend hours, but also the immediate availability of appointments.

The two new additions to the staff are Dr. Ashu Bansal and Dr. Olubanwo Abejide. By joining forces with Dr. Sonal Gandhi and Dental Director Dr. Sangita Garg, the new arrivals have made it possible for the Community Health Center Dental Clinic to be open from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM every Saturday. This is in addition to the regular weekday hours of 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 to 4 PM on Friday.

Dr. Garg says the arrivals of Dr. Bansal and Dr. Abejide allow at least two dentists to be on duty each day. And most importantly, this means no extended waiting period for both new and current clients to make appointments. She says there are numerous appointments available now, and they would love to hear from you.

“We especially want to take care of children in getting them ready for school,” said Dr. Garg. “We take care of any child starting at age 1. We want families to understand preventative dental care. This includes regular exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings and extractions if necessary, and most importantly, education to understand proper dental care.”

The Community Health Center’s Gayle Andrae says it is important for Will County residents to understand that this dental treatment, for children and entire families, is very much available. “A lot of people don’t know that there is indeed the opportunity to receive dental care. So often, dental care does not become a priority until someone has a toothache. We want to help families avoid that.”

The Community Health Center accepts Medicaid coverages for dental care, and offers sliding fee scales as well. No one is turned away for inability to pay. All Will County residents are welcome, and more information is available concerning various insurances that are accepted. Residents are invited to call and ask. The phone number for dental appointments at the Will County Health Department Community Health Center is 815-774-7300.