Mobile dentist brings smiles to Kane schools

More than 70 Kane school children have reasons to smile today after undergoing dental checkups earlier this week.The exams for children in kindergarten through eighth grade were given during the school day as part of the Mobile Dentist program.Dr. Janice McVay, a Pittsburgh dentist, performed the dental exams in the nurse’s office for the Kane Elementary School and Kane Middle School. Assisting were dental hygienists Kelly Bidwell of Union City and Brenda Bosworth of Port Allegany.The Mobile Dentist is part of the Pennsylvania Smile Program, which reaches out to those children “most in need and with the least chance of accessing quality preventive dental care.”According to “Smile,” more than 60 percent of children do not visit a dentist on an annual basis even though tooth decay is “common.”“Smile” bills private insurance companies and Medicaid for the services provided by the Mobile Dentist. If parents do not have insurance, they either pay a “subsidized reduced fee” or receive a grant to cover the entire amount.“No child is ever turned away for lack of resources,” the “Smile” program points out.Erin Lundeen, the nurse for the elementary school and middle school in Kane, said the Mobile Dentist program is popular among the children.See full article by purchasing the March 8 edition of The Kane Republican.