First-of-its-kind dental center opens in Rochester
Posted at: 09/23/2013 7:05 AM | Updated at: 09/23/2013 8:48 AM
How do you get a child to love going to the dentist? You start the process when they're young and make it easy for the parents.
The Volunteers of America just opened a dental center for the children who go to the Children's Center on Lake Avenue. It's a full-service dental office for low-income families. Kids can get check-ups, fluoride and x-rays while they are there for day care or pre-k programs all the way up to age 12.
This is a collaboration with the Rochester General Hospital Dentistry Department and it will give close to 300 children access to dental care, that most would not otherwise have.
Chief Operating Officer of the VOA Doug Stark said, “Many of our families use public transportation so that means they have to take public transportation from work to get come and get their child at the child care center and then take public transportation from the child care center to the dentist. So it becomes a very time consuming difficult process for the family so to be able to have the center here really adds value to their lives.”
By utilizing old storage space, it only cost the VOA about $60,000 for renovations and start-up costs. That was all covered by the grants including one from the Major League Baseball Players Foundation.
For more information about the dental center, click here.