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Program gives free dental exams to studentsSubmitted: 01/23/2014
Story By Lauren Stephenson

Program gives free dental exams to students
EAGLE RIVER - Students ditched their desks for a dentist's chair Thursday.

86 2nd and 6th graders at Northland Pines got free dental exams and sealant put
on their teeth.

"Sealant - It's a plastic coating that gets painted into the grooves of the
molars, so it protects the teeth. It's like a barrier so that the bacteria
doesn't get into the groove and cause decay," said Northwoods Dental Project
program coordinator Kelley Moran.

The Northwoods Dental project travels to local schools to provide free dental
care.

It's a grant and donation-based program that serves students in Florence,
Forest, Oneida and Vilas counties.

They mostly serve low-income and uninsured families.

But any child with a parent's permission can get the sealant done at school.

They provide free sealant to 2nd and 6th graders because those are the average
ages when molars come in.

"We've been in the Northland Pines School District since 2007 for Oneida and
Vilas Counties. So each year it just grows," said Moran.

Each student went home with a dental health report.

Leaders of the program hope to get more children in to see a dentist.

The Northwoods Dental Project serves 1800 children each year.

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