AUSTIN, Texas — At a time many places are closing due to coronavirus, there’s at least one organization looking to stay open by providing food and low-cost dental services to the public.
Because of the virus, Manos de Cristo in Central Austin is staying open by tightening up the rules. Patients can come in as long as they don’t have any flu-like symptoms, such as a headache or fever. The executive director, Julie Ballesteros, said they’re doing this to make sure they can keep their dental services available as well as their food pantry.
The dental program is full service. We’re told people can come in and see a dentist for as little as $40. Ballesteros said they offer everything but implants. During this time, they have made additional safety changes. Everyone who comes in has to get their temperature checked, including the staff.
Especially right now, Ballesteros said people don’t need to be in an emergency room for a toothache.