Fish for Teeth's next free dental clinic takes place May 10, 11 and 12 in Friday Harbor. The Medical Teams International van will be at at San Juan Island Family Resource Center. Patients are seen by appointment only. Applications can be downloaded at the Fish for Teeth's website or picked up at the San Juan Island Family Resource Center or the county health department.
Submit applications to the San Juan County Health Department on Rhone Street in Friday Harbor. Fish for Teeth volunteers will process the applications. The schedule is set the week prior to the clinic, so be sure to apply prompltly. Appointments are given based on the severity of a person's dental needs and the availability of space at the clinic.
"Many volunteers and local businesses work as a team to bring this service to those who cannot otherwise afford dental care," said Fish for Teeth Founder Matt Marinkovich, a San Juan Island commercial fisherman.
The non-profit sponsors dental clinics on San Juan Island, three times a year. The Medical Teams International's van can handle dental hygiene appointments to root canals.
To raise funds for the van, Fish for Teeth will sell fish tacos at 11 a.m., Friday, May 18, outside the San Juan Island Community Theatre Box Office. Tacos, which are as large as burritos, are made with Alaskan rockfish harvest and topped with Pablitos Salsa, Tillamook cheese, fresh greens, and a squeeze of lime. Volunteers ask for a donation of $8 per taco.
Marinkovich formed Fish for Teeth in 2007, after noticing a community need for affordable dental care. The Fish for Teeth board, comprised of local fishermen and dental professionals, sponsors the mobile dental clinic every January, May and October on San Juan Island. Fish for Teeth receives no federal funding and relies solely on donations, which are tax-deductible.