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A new $500,000 statewide initiative is set to improve the dental health of around 7,500 West Virginia students.
Gov. Joe Manchin announced the program, which is targeted at low-income and rural children who do not have access to dental care or encounter problems with dental insurance, the Charleston Gazette reports.
Under the plan, schools, community centers and local health departments will be able to apply for grant money to set up dental clinics.
Eligible kids will be able to visit the clinics free of charge and receive teeth cleanings, dental fillings and sealants.
"We should be able to solve a bit of our children's health-care needs, and it can start with oral health," Manchin said, according to the news provider. "This is going to make a difference in children's lives."
Paying for dental care costs and dental insurance are problems facing many families in the state. Last year, just over one-third of West Virginia kids with Medicaid visited a dentist, the publication states.
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