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Mobile dental unit is serving students at Albion, headed to Medina next month

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 November 2018 at 10:03 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – The mobile dental unit is pictured in July 2014 parked behind Oak Orchard Health at 301 West Ave. in Albion.

ALBION – The Oak Orchard Health’s mobile dental unit is currently at the Ronald L. Sodoma Elementary School in Albion until Nov. 30 and will go to Medina’s Oak Orchard Elementary School beginning on Dec. 3.

The dental unit  provides dental services to local students and community members. Consent forms for students have been distributed. If students and their parents and guardians are interested in dental services, they should return the flier to the students’ teachers.

The mobile dental unit typically serves about 200 children at the Albion school district. They get teeth cleanings and dental exams.

Oak Orchard Health has been taking the unit to local school districts since 2005, serving several hundred children each year, cleaning teeth, doing sealants and extractions. If there is a more serious problem, such as a crown or root canal – which is rare for children – the child will be referred to have the work done at Oak Orchard’s dental offices in Brockport.

The unit debuted with Oak Orchard in 2004 and spent its first few months in Warsaw. Oak Orchard has since opened dental offices in Warsaw and also in Hornell, so the mobile unit doesn’t need to travel to those communities.

Having Oak Orchard dental services in Warsaw and Hornell also has allowed Oak Orchard to keep the unit in Albion when it isn’t visiting school districts.

Oak Orchard has dentists, a hygienist and a coordinator working out of the unit. The site has two dental chairs. It has its own hot water tank, and a sterilization unit to clean equipment and instruments.

Oak Orchard accepts Child Health Plus, Medicaid, other insurance and also has a sliding fee for people without insurance.

For more information on the mobile dental unit, call 585-267-9236 or click here.

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