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Delta Dental bus helps L-D kids with $51K worth of free dental work

May 15, 2019

DEADWOOD — Some kids have suffered silently with unaddressed dental ailments for quite some time.

But May 6-10, the Delta Dental bus pulled up outside Lead-Deadwood Elementary School, providing free dental work to 45 students, a total of $51,000 worth of care and treatment.

“It’s good because they see if you have cavities,” said 7-year-old Alice Varland, a second-grade student who had two teeth fixed by dentist Dr. Steven Fox of Lead Friday morning.

“It’s fun. I really enjoy it. I truly do,” said Fox, who performed the dental work.

Sponsored by a $2,500 split between the Kiwanis Club of Lead-Deadwood and Deadwood-Lead Optimist Club, this is the fourth year the bus, manned with one dentist, one hygienist, two dental assistants, and equipped with all the latest and greatest technology, has been brightening the smiles of local kids.

“Bringing the mobile dental unit to the Lead-Deadwood community is great for our children and our families,” said Superintendent Dr. Dan Leikvold. “We really appreciate the Kiwanis Club of Lead and the Deadwood Optimists for sponsoring the Dental Bus.”

School District Nurse and site coordinator Laurie Rogers said amazing progress was made in the four full days the Delta Dental Bus was onsite.

“They all get an exam. They all get a full cleaning. They put sealants on, if needed,” Rogers said. “During the exam, they get X-rays and treatment for anything, as time allows.”

More than 300 sealants were applied over the course of the week.

“The Delta Dental Bus provides a service that isn’t always available, financially, to certain families and dental care is an integral part of overall health, so it’s great our kids can get that taken care of,” Rogers said. “And it’s good it’s here at school, so kids don’t have to miss school and parents don’t have to miss work.”

Rogers said local dental offices are able to take a range of services, as well, both Medicare and private.

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