BELFAST — Waldo County Dental Care, which seeks to increase access to dental care for low-income uninsured adults in Waldo County, has received a grant of $16,000 from United Midcoast Charities.

The funds will be used to offset general expenses, according to a press release. Waldo County Dental Care is part of a countywide initiative by Waldo County General Hospital to increase access to health care for people regardless of their ability pay.

Research shows a strong relationship between oral health and overall wellness, the press release said. For example, studies point to a relationship between gum disease and diabetes.

“This generous grant from United Midcoast Charities will help ensure that Waldo County Dental Care can continue to deliver great dental care to as many people as possible,” the press release from Waldo County Dental Care said.

Dental services provided by Waldo County Dental Care include cleanings, X-rays, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings and extractions. In some cases, dentures are offered, although additional fees may apply.

Waldo County Dental Care serves pediatric patients who have MaineCare as well as patients who are 18 and older who live in Waldo County and have not seen a dentist in the previous 12 months.  Income guidelines start at $27,180 for one person and increase by $9,440 for each additional person in the family unit.

United Midcoast Charities’ open, competitive annual grants process supports nonprofit agencies in Knox and Waldo counties working in the areas of food, housing, health and safety, and economic security. The program in the last five years has awarded grants totaling $2.4 million.