A new dental practice is planned for Middlebury, according to Seymour Rettinger, DDS, a retired dentist and president of Addison County Dental Care or ACDC. The facility, to be located on Court Street (Route 7) in downtown Middlebury, will have state-of-the-art equipment run by an experienced dentist.
The practice will welcome patients able to pay full fee for service, Rettinger said. It will also welcome Medicaid-eligible patients and offer a sliding fee scale for uninsured patients. No one will be turned away although it will be unable to provide free dental care.
Rettinger spearheaded the effort to build the practice and then offer it to a fully trained and licensed dentist.
A dentist will be provided with a turn-key operation, dental equipment, a fully supplied office including dental supplies, office supplies, computer equipment and furniture, according to Rettinger.
The community developed dental practice has involved a number of local dental professionals as well as community leaders.
Officers of ACDC include Rettinger, John Langfeldt, DDS, Leslie Hills, RDH and Cheryl Mitchell, PhD.
ACDCs board of directors include Roger Barkin, DDS, Moira Cook, M.S., Mary Gill, R.N., Peg Martin, Patricia McCaffrey, RDH, Kim Montgomery, DMD, and Rev. Marthinus Riekert.
ACDC volunteers include Kate McGowan, Laura Armstrong and Laura Marlow.
Among several concerns, ACDC was created to increase accessibility to dental care for all income segments, according to its mission statement. The practices creation also addresses a nationwide crisis in the dental-care filed.
According to a recent New York Times report, dentists fees are rising faster than inflation while more than 100 million people lack dental insurance. The percentage of Americans with untreated cavities is also on the rise reversing a 50-year-long trend in dental health improvement.