Dental care for kids here Aug. 7-11

The Washington Dental Service Foundation SmileMobile is coming to Long Beach Monday, Aug. 7 to Friday, Aug. 11 to care for children with dental needs

LONG BEACH - Oral Health disease affects half of all Washington State first and second graders. The Washington Dental Foundation SmileMobile, which travels the state offering dental examination and treatment to children who might not otherwise have access to dental care, will be in Long Beach.

The SmileMobile, a brightly painted 38-foot dental clinic on wheels, is hard to miss when it rolls into town on Aug. 7. It will remain in town until Aug. 11 and will be parked at Head Start, 2611 Pacific Avenue North, Long Beach. The SmileMobile provides dental care to children from low-income families.

Children 15 and under with limited access to dental care can be scheduled by calling Cindy Yasunaka at 642-4746. The SmileMobile is staffed by a clinic manager, dentist and dental assistant, and teams of local volunteer dental professionals in each community it visits. We will be providing screening examinations and follow-up treatment appointments will be scheduled on a space available basis for the duration of the stay. Medicaid and sliding scale fee is accepted as reimbursement for services.

The SmileMobile is operated by Washington Dental Service Foundation, a nonprofit organization created and partially funded by Washington Dental Service. The SmileMobile, which travels the state year-round providing services ranging from exams and preventive care to fillings and minor oral surgery, has examined and treated more than 20,000 youngsters in communities throughout Washington state.

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