It’s that time of year, time to get school supplies, time to make sure your immunizations are up-to-date, and it’s time to see the dentist. Did you know that kindergarteners and 9th graders in Iowa are required to have a dental examination prior to the start of school? We have these forms readily available at the University of Iowa Dental Clinic at MCSA. School-aged children aren’t the only ones that need a dental examination, but Head Start and Early Head Start preschoolers also require an examination. Pediatric dental faculty, pediatric residents, and senior dental students all see patients at MCSA every Tuesday and Thursday from 9-4 and provide comprehensive dental care to children birth through 18. For children requiring more advanced dental care in other areas, we are able to refer them to specialists at the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry.
We know that dental cavities are the number one untreated disease among school-aged children. It is more common than asthma and hay fever. We want to make sure that every child goes to school without a toothache. For this reason, we provide dental services to children in the Muscatine Pediatric Dentistry Clinic at a reduced fee. We also accept insurance including Iowa Medicaid for children. Our goal is that every child in the area have a Dental Home by age 1. This means that a dentist provides oral health care in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way. We do that by providing routine care here in Muscatine Tuesday’s and Thursday’s and we are available for emergencies 24 hours a day 7 days a week by contacting the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry during work hours and the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics during afterhours and weekends.
So, when you are getting everything prepared for back to school, make sure to schedule a back-to-school dental examination and cleaning by calling 563-263-0895 at MCSA or any other dental provider in the area.