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These numbers don't have to be this high. In fact, we don't want them to exist at all. So, we created Arkansas' first Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. Through a relationship with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas, Arkansas Children's Hospital and Delta Dental of Arkansas, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile provides free dental care and educational services to underserved children in their own neighborhoods - to help eliminate statistics like these.
The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is a 40-foot, state-of-the-art, fully equipped mobile dental clinic. With a team consisting of a dentist, dental hygienist and assistants, the Care Mobile will travel to select elementary schools and summer programs in Pulaski, Saline, Perry, Faulkner, Lonoke, Jefferson and Grant counties. The Care Mobile will stay at each school for about two weeks to treat as many students as possible that desperately need dental care. Many of these children have never seen a dentist before and their parents do not have insurance to be able to provide the appropriate dental care their children need. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile will help make significant progress in treating these children and the critical dental problems found within Arkansas.
The Care Mobile offers full service dental care including exams, x-rays, sealants, restorations (fillings), pediatric crowns, pulpotomies (baby tooth root canals), extractions and other preventative and restorative care. Schools are selected for visits based on the number of students on a free lunch program and the number of children whose families have no access to dental care. With help from school nurses, we target second graders in order to start preventative care as early as possible, and then treat children of any age who are identified as being in pain. Approximately 1,000 children will receive treatment each year.