Underserved families in the greater Racine area will soon have access to quality and affordable dental care.

Familia Dental is opening in the former Blockbuster space at 5201 Washington Avenue, according to a press release from Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave. He is holding a press conference at 11 a.m. Friday at the Familia Dental space with CEO Dr. Koushon Azad.

“Coming from an underserved background, I wanted to combine my passion for dentistry and the goal of helping others in the community,” Azad said in the press release. “We are proud to serve this community and are honored that Racine County will be celebrating our success for many more years to come.”

Familia Dental is the first Medicaid dental provider in Racine; the office will also accept most insurance plans and discounted services for the uninsured in a state-of-the-art facility.

Racine County Human Services Director Hope Otto noted how important dental care is for overall health and Delegrave commented that a dental clinic like Familia is needed and opening in an ideal location.

“We have a tremendous need for affordable dental care among young children and adults,” he added in the release. “This dental office is exactly what our community needs.”

Familia Dental will open later this month.