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Several grants given to the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department have allowed the unit to assess the dental health of at-needs students in Wood County Schools.
When the program began in May 2008 it offered dental care to students in four local schools on a limited basis. This year, the initiative was extended to 10 Title I schools in the district, the News and Sentinel reports.
"We have been working with the health department on this project, very similar to how we helped them distribute the H1N1 vaccine," Bill Niday, superintendent of Wood County Schools, told the news source.
He added, "We are helping the health department provide the services to children who need them."
The clinics are intended to screen students for any urgent or imminent dental issues in students who have not visited a dentist in more than one year. So far, the health department has provided dental care to more than 300 students and expects evaluate more than 500 when the program ends.
While free dental care offerings can be temporarily serve the health needs of families who don't have dental coverage, such events can't always provide the benefits attained through regular dentist visits.
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