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Smile Express comes to Ottawa County

With the continued support of the community, third graders at Bataan Elementary participated in oral health education provided by the Dental Center of Northwest Ohio on Oct. 30. Each child received an apple, generously donated by Bergman Orchard as well as a toothbrush kit assembled by the special education class at Port Clinton High School.

 Smile Express, the Dental Center’s office on wheels, visits Bataan Elementary routinely and the Sutton center monthly. The mobile office provides a full range of dental services to persons of all ages with income at or below the 300% of the federal poverty guidelines. 

The Dental Center accepts Medicaid and Medicaid HMOs, including most private dental insurances. Reduced fees are available for people without dental insurance. Uninsured children can be seen for $25 per appointment. Appointments can be made for the Smile Express by calling 1.866.378.6965. Agencies and schools can request additional locations by contacting the Dental Center.

Dental care remains the largest unmet health care need for Ohio’s citizens regardless of race or ethnicity. The downturn of the economy, with lost jobs and lost benefits, has made the Dental Center a viable option for many families who would otherwise go without professional dental care. Currently, Smile Express is making healthy smiles happen in ten counties of Northwest Ohio. 

Established in 1910 by a group of Toledo dentists, the Dental Center of Northwest Ohio takes pride in providing quality dental care and a dental home for people of all ages with limited incomes. The Dental Center is a not-for-profit agency with a mission that promotes and provides oral health services to the underserved in Northwest Ohio. 

For information on the Dental Center of NW Ohio, www.dentalcenternwo.org.

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