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Geisinger introduces dental services bus

Geisinger’s Mobile Dental Services will offer dental exams, cleanings and X-rays

for pediatric patients, preschool age to grade 12, every Tuesday this month from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The bus will be out front of Geisinger’s Montoursville clinic, 780 Broad St.

Dr. Michael Halupa and Dr. Kristen Schintz, medical directors for dental services, alongside Rachel Chesney and

Cortney Young, public health registered dental hygienists, are delivering a multitude of services at no cost to help provide preventative measures and education to children and families about the importance of dental health.

“It has been convenient for them. We are bringing the dentist to them,” Halupa said. “We are doing cleanings, sealants, radiographs, exams, but a lot of education. With more education, and the more they (the kids) hear it, the better off they are.”

Other services like fluoride treatments are also done on the bus.

The officials foresee serving seven or eight patients daily, but said they may be able to take more.

Many of the children Geisinger aims to serve on the bus are from low-income families and have a hard time finding a permanent dental office for their services.

Geisinger will also be taking this mobile unit to schools in the counties that Geisinger covers to provide services to the students there.
The dental services bus not only provides its services at no cost, but the doctors and hygienists also help the families find offices in their areas.

In addition, the bus works to follow COVID-19 guidelines by providing space between patients to clean tools and chairs, as well as the use of personal protective equipment like gowns, gloves, face shields and masks.

If interested, readers can set up an appointment by emailing mobiledentalunit@geisinger.edu or calling 570-452-7430.

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