The Dental Center of Northwest Ohio is focused on providing dental care to local people in need of oral health care. This has been the mission of the nonprofit since its formation in 1910. The number of people DCNWO serves has grown each year, with more than 25,000 individuals visiting the various dental care centers throughout Northwest Ohio last year.
Creating Healthy Smiles Since 1910
Since 1910, the mission of the Dental Center of Northwest Ohio has been to provide primary oral health services for underserved children and adults in Northwest Ohio, to promote the value of good oral health through education and to serve as an advocate for those with limited access to dental care.
In 1908, Dr. Ebersole spoke before members of the Toledo Dental Society on the importance of charitable work. Around the same time, Dr. L. I. Zarbaugh pushed for the formation of a society or clinic to be founded and serve the dental needs of those in poverty in the Toledo-Area. In 1910, the Toledo Free Dental Clinic was founded and function solely on volunteer services. The organization saw a number of changes in 1912, when the Board of Education took over the education of children, the clinic was moved to Jefferson School, and the work was carried out by dentists who were paid by the board. The final major change came in 1920, when adults were first permitted to receive dental care.
The Dental Center recognizes its staff is the key to providing friendly, professional oral healthcare. The Dental Center respects its patients and understands their needs, striving to provide oral healthcare in an effective, efficient manner to maximize the care it provides within its available resources.