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Mobile Dental Clinic Comes to Williams

For two weeks the Northern Valley Indian Health’s Mobile Dental Clinic will be available to area children ages seven years and younger and pregnant women.

Starting May 5th, 2014, through May 16th, the Mobile Dental Clinic will be setup in the Williams Elementary School parking lot at 1404 E Street, in Williams.

The first year or the first tooth, whichever comes first, that’s the time for the first dental visit!

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association endorse the concept of the dental home.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) defines the dental home as “the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way”.

The AAPD encourages parents and other care providers to help every child establish a dental home by 12 months of age, but despite this recommendation, very few children find a dental home by their first birthday, and high-risk children typically don’t see a dentist until there is already a problem.

With this in mind, and recognizing a serious lack of access to age-appropriate dental care, First 5 commissions in Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties collectively awarded a grant to

Northern Valley Indian Health (NVIH) to purchase a Mobile Dental Clinic (MDC) and provide prevention and treatment services in all three counties.

The MDC serves pregnant women and children 0-7, the Commission’s target population.

It is a full service mobile clinic offering services from screenings to cleanings to baby root canals, while encouraging families to establish a dental home.

The MDC staff is highly successful in their work, as evidenced by the fact that the MDC does indeed become the dental home for most patients seen on board.

The child-friendly MDC staff excels in providing oral health education as well, teaching parents the importance of baby teeth, the lifelong implications of early dental disease and how to baby their children’s baby teeth.

Special attention is also given to pregnant women, as good oral health is critically important to the overall health of both mother and baby.

While NVIH owns and operates the MDC, First 5 Butte County provides a great deal of support to ensure its success.

For example, the Commission supports the scheduling and coordination of the MDC, outreach in each community it services and Oral Health Kits as incentives. To find out when the MDC is in Butte County see the Commission Calendar. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call: (530) 520-6913.

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