Cherry Street Health Services dental, hygienist teams back on school campuses caring for kids

By Monica Scott, MLive, October 2, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related illness, according to Peggy Betzinger, director of school link health programs for Cherry Street Health Services.

Since 1992, the nonprofit community health center, has been providing dental services to students often for free, if they lack insurance or Medicaid.

The dental teams and hygienists are projected to serve 13,000 Kent County students during the 2014-15 school year. Last year, 12,361children received cleanings.

“A healthy child is a student more likely to be successful,” said Betzinger, who said tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease.

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