It’s not always easy getting kids to the dentist during the school year, so Derby Public Schools wants to help by offering a mobile dental clinic.
For the first time ever, the Smile, It’s Healthy! dental clinic will stop by different Derby schools during the school day and provide a variety of hygiene services:
- Teeth cleanings
- Cavity fillings
- Simple extractions
- Fluoride varnish
- Space maintainers
The dental clinic is scheduled to visit Derby during the second week of October. It will then come back after six months to make sure kids are getting their teeth checked regularly.
“It seems like a great opportunity for our students who may or may not be able to receive dental services for one reason or the other,” said Nicki Seeley, special services coordinator for Derby Public Schools.
The clinic is free to any Medicaid and CHIP eligible students. If a child isn’t eligible, there is a set fee of $60 for students without insurance, and the clinic also accepts private insurance.
Applications are due to the child’s school today. The online application can be found here, or a paper application can be picked up at the school office.
According to district officials, there’s been a need for dental hygiene services among some Derby students.
“It’s just hard for a lot of parents,” said Seeley. “It’s another thing to take off of work or try to get their kid to and from dentists. It might be an insurance problem. We’re just trying to fill that need.”