MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A dentist appointment may be on a lot of parents’ back-to-school lists. But for thousands of Minnesota families, those appointments may seem out of reach.
It’s why Children’s Dental Services meets kids where they already are to help them live better. The organization has been giving check-ups for 92 years across Minnesota. At first, they only gave care to orphans.
Now the organization serves a diverse population at 250 sites across the state. They bring their equipment where families are since some new citizens may not realize how important dental care really is.
Sarah Wovcha is the executive director of Children’s Dental Services. She said the overall statistics are staggering.
“Dental disease is the most common chronic childhood illness and it accounts for losing 51 million hours of school time per year,” Wovcha said. “We bring the care to them and that makes a huge difference.”
Since last year, the organization has served 25,000 kids. Children’s Dental Services also works with families to help them get dental insurance.