CI Hero: Local dentist dedicates Fridays for hygiene work on Peoria County Inmates

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PEORIA COUNTY, Ill. (WMBD) — It’s a show of heart and humanity. An area dentist performs dental work to those incarcerated at Peoria County’s Jail.

Dr. Yolanda Wright-Lowery dedicates her Fridays to offering dental care to area inmates.

“They need the basic care,” said Wright-Lowery, owner and general dentist at Smile Center of Peoria. “I’m trying to provide that for them.”

From extractions to cleanings, Dr. Wright-Lowery said everyone should be granted access to dental hygiene no matter their current situation.

“It’s a blessing, honestly, that this jail has allowed that to happen,” said Dr. Wright-Lowery. “Not all jails have that, so I’m just thankful that they’re allowing me to be here.”

She said she initially discovered the need during her residency rotations, and the inmates show respect.

“They’ve all been nice,” said Dr. Wright-Lowery. “They’re just very thankful, actually, for whenever they do see us, and we’re able to provide them treatments, so it’s a good experience.”

Dr. Wright-Lowery is the owner and general dentist of the Smile Center of Peoria located on West Glen Avenue.

The center treats those with and without dental insurance.

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Accepted Insurance

Smile Center of Peoria currently accepts Cigna and Delta Dental insurance. If you have any questions, please contact

Become a Smile Center Member

Yearly Membership Dues for non-insured Smile Center patients:

Single Patient$40 per month for 12 months
Dual Plan$85 per month for 12 months
Family of Three$125 per month for 12 months
Family of Four$155/month for 12 months

The Smile Center Membership Plan Details:

ServiceFrequencyPercentage Covered
Annual ExamTwice per year100%
Limited/Emergency Exam + 2 x-raysOnce per year100%
Adult Simple CleaningTwice per year100%
Child CleaningTwice per year100%
FluorideTwice per year100%
Sealants (protective coating)Once per year50%
Full Mouth X-raysOnce every 5 years100%
X-rays (with cleaning)Once per year100%
  • Periodontal therapy, fillings, root canals, dentures, partials 15% off services
  • Cosmetic Dentistry and crown and bridge and oral surgery 10% off service

Note: All family members must live in the same household. For coverage purposes, a child is defined as anyone under the age of 21 years old.

Through this submission form, you can nominate someone you know to be our next CI Hero.

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