Delta Dental

Dental bus to provide services to kids in Wayne County

Jun 15, 2015
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Kids across Wayne County are expected to receive access to dental health services via a new bus.

The Delta Dental Foundation gave the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry  $584,907 for a bus, and four portable dental chairs.

Faculty and students from the University will travel on the bus and provide a variety of dental services at different schools. The chairs will be used to treat children at the schools.

 Teri Battaglieri is with the Delta Dental Foundation. 

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A new report says preventable dental treatment is taking a bite out of Michigan hospital emergency room budgets.

The Anderson Economic Group study says in 2011, about 7,000 people with cavities, abscesses, and other preventable dental problems showed up in Michigan ERs.  About 1,000 needed to be hospitalized.

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Children whose families qualify for Medicaid are now eligible to receive free dental care in Washtenaw, Ingham and Ottawa counties through the Healthy Kids Dental program. Beginning today, 64,000 kids are added to the program which provides dental coverage to about half a million children in Michigan.

The Michigan budget was expanded to include this coverage. Angela Minicuci with the Michigan Department of Community Health says the program will hopefully expand to the five remaining counties that aren't yet covered under the program -- Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Kent and Kalamazoo.