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Pirates, community partners offer free dental clinic

The Pirates and Pirates Charities partnered with TeamSmile, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Concordia Dental, local dentist Dr. Joey Troupe, and Tickets for Kids Charities to host a free dental clinic for local youth at PNC Park on August 8.

More than 200 children -- including groups from the Duquesne Boys and Girls Club, Carnegie Boys and Girls Club, Family Guidance, Hilltop Community Children's Center, Salvation Army Kittanning, Salvation Army Washington County, AIU Latino Family Center, Casa San Jose, Girls Hope Pittsburgh, Locking Arms Men, East Liberty Family Support Center, and Bethesda Presbyterian Youth Ministries -- were invited to Gunner's and Club 3,000 on PNC Park's Pittsburgh Baseball Club level for the special one-day clinic.

Thanks to the Pirates, their community partners, local dental professionals, and volunteers, the children were provided the dental treatment, sealants, and instructions needed to ensure good oral health for a lifetime. 

"We were doing screenings to see if the kids needed any restorative work, which would be any fillings or crowns or root canals -- things like that," said Dr. Rebecca Pounds, one of the participating dentists. "So, they're getting any of that restorative work done and then they're also getting their teeth cleaned and fluoride put on. 

"If it was something beyond the scope of what we could do with the equipment that we were able to have at the ballpark that day, we were able to give them information on offices they could go to and clinics to reach out to for further treatment.

"Seeing the kids with smiles on their faces once we were done doing our work, made it a very rewarding day."

Anyone interested in registering a youth group for the Pirates' free dental clinic in 2019, should contact Joel Gray at