Two local organizations devoted to helping low-income residents care for their teeth are the recent recipients of grants that will boost their mission.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that the Massachusetts Dental Society Foundation has awarded $16,000 to Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires in Great Barrington, so the medical and dental organization can add extra dental hygienist hours to support the all-volunteer dentist staff at its free dental clinic.

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The VIM website states that, Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires provides access to free, comprehensive healthcare for those in the Berkshire region who are income-qualified and uninsured or under-insured.

Hillcrest Dental Care, Inc. in Pittsfield has received $20,000 to buy a portable dental unit to travel to children across the county who do not have access to a dentist.