In an effort to bring dental care to under-served areas, a large van equipped with all the amenities of a dental clinic will begin traveling to northern California neighborhoods in January.
The traveling clinic was established in August 2008 after Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties collectively awarded the Northern Valley Indian Health center $375,000 in funding, the Chico Enterprise Record reports.
Focusing on pregnant women and children without access to dental insurance the clinic's staff told the news source they believe dental health can have a positive effect on a young student's ability to succeed in school.
Since its inception, the traveling clinic has served more than 540 young children and pregnant women in the tri-county area.
"A lot of [appointments] have been scheduled," said Jill Blake, director of the Butte County Children and Families Commission. "But the mobile dental clinic is constantly scheduling."
Clinicians will be able to provide exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, tooth extractions, crowns and fillings.
While clinics provide a temporary reprieve from the expenses of dental insurance, they often do not provide access to follow-up care or licensed dentist who can perform more invasive dental health procedures.
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