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Mobile dentist brings dental care to kids
Updated: 8/7/2009 3:00:23 PM

Mobile dentist brings dental care to kids Kids in Illinois will not have to go far for their back-to-school dental checkups this year for now the dentistsare coming to them.

Smile Illinois Mobile Dentists is an organization that travels around the state, stopping at schools, or community centers and provides kids with dental care, the Journal Star reports.

The program aims to help families who may have one type of dental insurance that the dentist nearest to them does not accept. It is then hard for parents to find the correct dentist to match their plan.

Smile Mobile Dentists allows patients to pay with cash or can offer other financial assistance, the news provider reveals.

Dr Larry Shapiro who works with the initiative reportedly explained that "a lot of these kids don't have the opportunity to get dental work done otherwise, so it's important for us to give them preventative care now," stressing the significance of these visits to the dentist.

Since this service is constantly travelling, its benefits are limited as children need regular checkups.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 51 million school hours are lost every year because of the fact so many children have poor dental health.

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