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New Orleans Tooth Bus continues to treat pediatric dental patients
Updated: 8/13/2010 7:00:36 PM
 

New Orleans Tooth Bus continues to treat pediatric dental patients A new type of school bus is riding through the streets in New Orleans - one that includes dental chairs and a staff of certified dental care specialists. The Tooth Bus is a mobile office, that features all the necessary dental equipment to provide free services to families without dental insurance.

The office treats approximately 800 pediatric patients per month, and provides services including oral exams, teeth cleanings, x-rays, fillings and extractions, according to Nola.com. The bus travels to commercial areas, including grocery and toy stores, where families can be found on a regular basis.

The services offered on the Tooth Bus have become extremely important since the area was stuck by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and a local pediatric hospital was closed, the news source reports.

By increasing the availability of free services to pediatric dental patients, these initiative are helping reduce the number of children suffering from several dental complications, such as tooth decay. In fact, 50 percent of children in the U.S. will develop tooth decay by the third grade, according to the New York Presbyterian Hospital.

In addition to taking advantage of similar opportunities, families who have little or no dental insurance can benefit from discount dental plans, which can provide them with access to treatment on a regular basis.

For more information on discount dental plans call 1-888-632-5353.

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