Free Dental Clinic
At St. Francis Mission, we have a vision of adequate dental health for all people on Rosebud Reservation. In 2013, we opened the St. Francis Mission Dental Clinic to give Lakota adults and children the dental care they have long needed. A recent American Dental Association study found that 90 percent of the Lakota people on Rosebud Reservation have chronic tooth decay or gum disease. This dental health crisis is the result of living in one of the poorest counties in the United States.
Volunteer dentists and assistants, some of them from Dental Schools at Creighton and Indiana Universities and the Universities of South Dakota, Nebraska and Missouri, University of Connecticut, are providing many services in the St. Francis Mission Dental Clinic. These services include dental exams, x-rays, fillings, cleanings, treatments, follow-up checkups, and education in preventive care.
About the Clinic
Most people on Rosebud Reservation, especially children, have never seen a dentist and have never learned how to care for their teeth. The St. Francis Mission Dental Clinic is providing treatment first to the youngest children, then working up in age, with priority to anyone with an urgent need. There is a focus on preventive care and dental health education.
The clinic was founded through the philanthropy of Dr. Jack Boarini and his dentist sons. The Boarinis spread the word about the dental needs on Rosebud Reservation and inspired many dentists to donate equipment. By their efforts, and gifts from many others, Rosebud Reservation has an operational four-chair dental clinic with a license to treat patients through Dr. John Kharouf of Rapid City, South Dakota.
WHAT PATIENTS SAY
God sent! I get to keep my teeth in order! I appreciate this clinic.
Great staff! Great equipment! Great experience!
Like angels that just happen to come into St. Francis and start the clinic here.
What's Happening at the Dental Clinic
Because we see a general population of patients, we are in need of volunteers from all of the dental fields. Dentists, Dental Hygienists and dental staff are encouraged to volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering your services please contact Marty Jones, RDH.
*If you are from another state you will need to apply for a temporary license to work in South Dakota. But please, first, let us know who you are and when you would like to come volunteer. Then, go to the South Dakota State Board of Dentistry website and complete the following steps:
Download the Temporary Volunteer License Application
Fill out and follow all of the steps on the form
Remember to let us know when you begin the process so that we can send you a letter verifying the dates of your service (Number 4 on the form)
IMPORTANT: Get your information submitted one month prior to your start date, so we have time to work out any issues.