Cincinnati in-school clinic to provide dental care

CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati school district has opened an in-school dental clinic believed by local and state health officials to be the only one in Ohio.

The three-chair clinic was officially unveiled Monday at Cincinnati's Oyler School. But the clinic operated by the city health department and the Cincinnati Dental Society's Oral Health Foundation began serving students a couple of weeks ago. The foundation will provide volunteers to help serve children who need oral care but don't have insurance.

Health and school officials say a lack of dental care is a frequent problem. They say untreated concerns can cause pain and stigmas that hinder children's success in school.

The clinic is expected initially to serve 900 students or children from the nearby community.

Various organizations helped to cover the clinic's startup costs.

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