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Dental clinics offered to youngsters in Northern Moore County.

By Todd Cohen

TROY, N.C. [05.06.04] — Dental care is in the works for children up to age 5 in Northern Moore County, many of whom have never seen a dentist and whose families speak English as a second language.

Dental clinics for those youngsters are being held on six Saturdays through June, thanks to a $10,000 Smart Start grant to FirstHealth Dental Care Centers in Troy from Moore County Partners for Children and Families in Southern Pines.

At the clinics, which began February 28 and are being held at the Troy Dental Care Center, dentists provide new-patient exams, fluoride varnishes and sealants for children who are covered by Medicaid or Health Choice, the state’s health-insurance program, or who qualify because their families’ household income is below a certain level.

The center’s staff includes Dr. Mei K. Hall, a dentist who speaks English, Spanish and Chinese.

FirstHealth Dental Care Centers have received more than $136,000 from Smart Start, the state’s public-private early-childhood development initiative, since 1999.

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