Mobile clinic provides dental care to students

Posted: 4:38 PM, Sep 21, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-21 20:38:13Z

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and Delta Dental partnered up to bring dental care to Wayne County students.

The mobile clinic debuted in Detroit at Noble Elementary-Middle School, providing service to more than 50 children.

Students will be able to get their teeth cleaned along with x-rays, restorative care and extractions. 

"Almost anything you could get done at a regular dental office, only now you can get it done in the convenience of the school," says Teri Battaglieri, Delta Dental.

Nationwide, children miss 51 million hours of school every year because of dental problems. This mobile clinic aims to cut that number down by providing dental care at schools. 

"It means that the students will be in school so attendance will not be effected because they can have their service and return to class," says Noble principal Latoya Webb-Harris.

Dentistry students at UDM will work under the supervision of professionals while servicing students.

This clinic is expected to provide dental care for about 1600 children during the 2015-2016 school year.