Dentist Office On Wheels Gives Carlton County Residents A Reason To Smile

By KBJR News 1

September 20, 2011 Updated Sep 20, 2011 at 4:27 PM CDT

Cloquet, MN - (The Northland's News Center) - Residents in Carlton County have reason to smile, thanks to a dentist office...on wheels.

U-Care members received dental exams, cleanings and fluoride treatments for free today aboard UCare's Mobile Dental Clinic.

The Dentist office on wheels is a fully equipped 43-foot-vehicle that brings dental care to UCare members in Minnesota who have limited access to dental services.

Dental and hygiene students from the University Of Minnesota School of Dentistry will be treating patients in Carlton County all week while under faculty supervision.

Carmen Reao says this particular dental office gives patients a new experience...even if they may be leery of it at first

"Normally they are a little scared at first because they don't know how a bus can have a dental chair but as soon as they come in they get excited about being there and they like it," Reao said.

UCare is the first health plan in Minnesota to own and operate a mobile dental clinic and travels 15-thousand miles annually across Minnesota.