Dentists say red or swollen gums that bleed easily can be a clear sign that flossing and better dental habits are needed.

A mobile dental clinic is expected to open this December in Charlotte. 

The North Carolina Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, NCAFCC, received $500,000 in funding from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation to support a mobile dental clinic. 

NCAFCC is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the uninsured and underinsured in North Carolina.

Why it matters: Among all North Carolina adults, 44% lack access to dental insurance, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services data.

The mobile clinic will cost around $550,000 and provide screenings, cleanings, fillings and extractions at no cost to patients. 

Five Charlotte-area clinics are expected to begin using the mobile unit in December, but the goal is to expand service to 10 counties in the region.

Stay tuned in for more information.

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