Access to quality dental care is a major problem for children of low-income families. Often, these kids are not covered by dental insurance, placing visits to the dentist beyond the financial means of their parents or caregivers.
In an effort to help kids in the New Orleans area improve their dental health, the Tooth Bus drives from school to school, acting as a base of operations from which volunteer dentists administer free services, according to NOLA.com.
The dentists provide a wide range of services, including cleanings, extractions, fillings and fluoride treatments. Claudia Cavallino, a Louisiana-based pediatric dentist, told the news source that children of low-income families are in desperate need of this kind of care.
"The really unfortunate part about all of this is, as any pediatric dentist who treats Medicaid patients will tell you, as a general rule of thumb they're the ones that need comprehensive dental care the most," she said.
While free programs like the Tooth Bus may help children get emergency care, low-income families who sign up for discount dental programs may gain access to regular, preventative care.
For more information on discount dental plans call 1-888-632-5353.
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