Beloved Community Family Wellness Center Now Offering Affordable Dental Services

The new Beloved Community Family Wellness Center (BCFWC)  dental facility at 6853 South Halsted street allows BCFWC to strengthen and expand its commitment to provide affordable preventive healthcare services to its patients as the best means to achieve and maintain overall good health. 

“The latest research data says good oral hygiene leads to overall good health,” says Margie Johnson, BCFWC, CEO. “Oftentimes major health issues can be identified based on an oral exam and treated early before they become serious health issues.” 

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, there is a relationship between gum (periodontal) disease and health complications such as a stroke and heart disease. Women with gum disease also show higher incidences of pre-term, low birth-weight babies. 

Other research shows that more than 90% of all systemic diseases (diseases involving many organs or the whole body) have oral manifestations, including swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth and excessive gum problems. Such diseases include: diabetes, oral cancer, pancreatic cancer, heart disease and kidney disease. 

Dr. Rosa Bellido-Griffin, D.M.D., leads the dental team and has extensive experience working with both private and public health programs. Her career experience with Medicaid programs and the public health department give her a unique sensitivity for treating medically underserved patients.  The Chicago resident and naturalized USA citizen is also enrolled in many PPO’s allowing her  to provide broad universal service to all patients. 

Plans remain active fo build a larger dental facility adjacent to the center’s main Englewood location at 6821 South Halsted Street pending secured funding. Johnson says the smaller facility was opened in the interim to respond to the high demand and need for good and affordable dental care services in the community. 

About Beloved Community Family Wellness Center                                               Beloved Community Family Wellness Center (BCFWC) is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) providing primary health care to the greater Englewood Community, on Chicago’s south-side. Since it opened in (2005), BCFWC has provided care to more than 7,776 individual patients who have generated more than 34,161 visits. 

BCFWC mission is to provide holistic comprehensive, accessible and quality healthcare and social services programs to individuals and the community with particular focus on the health care of the medically underserved population of Englewood. For more information visit: