OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — OneWorld Community Health Center has announced the opening of their second mobile dental clinic, the "Fluo-ride." A ribbon-cutting took place today at Karen Western Elementary School.
The dental clinic is for school-aged children. Every year, OneWorld treats several hundred low-income children in Omaha and it's surrounding communities on the fluo-ride. The clinic will visit area schools and other community locations to provide basic dental care like exams, cleanings, fillings, flouride varnishes for children who may otherwise go without these services.
"Providing children with access to dental care is important because tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease," said Andrea Skolkin, Chief Executive Officer of OneWorld. "About 20 percent of children who are between 5 and 11 years old have at least one untreated decayed tooth."
By visiting schools, the clinic allows children to get dental services without their parents needing to miss work for appointments.