Children who might not have access to dental care now have more resources than ever before in Erie County.
The Erie County Department of Health and GECAC Head Start are working together using teledentistry services. The county’s dental hygiene practitioner meets uninsured or low-income children at their Head Start locations.
The practitioner can deliver cleanings and fluoride treatments among other services, and with new technology, they can photograph the inside of the child’s mouth and send it to a dentist to determine if more treatment is necessary.
Karen Omniewski, Dental Health Program Coordinator, tells us, “It’s huge because there’s a lot of families out there that don’t have the access to care and the only way they’re gonna get the access to care is if we reach out to them, right at the site where they are so they don’t have to find the care themselves. We go right to them, which is really important.”
Organizers say typically, a lack of transportation plays a role in young children going without dental care.