Rural electric cooperatives in western N.D. are literally putting smiles on children’s faces. They, along with the Ronald McDonald House, combined resources to provide dental care for little ones whose families can’t afford it.
(As a benefactor of Ronald McDonald House generosity myself, I can testify to the wonderfulness of that organization!)
Ronald McDonald’s Car Mobile, a tour-bus-sized caravan with all the items found in a traditional dentist’s office, will provide care to children in that area beginning in February.
Rural electric cooperatives partner to bring smiles to western N.D.
The service is important, said Mary Klecker-Green, communications manager at Basin Electric Power Cooperative, not only to protect smiles and reduce bad breath, but also because poor dental health can lead to poor physical health as well.
The Office of the Surgeon General under the department of Health and Human Services, would agree with her.
“(Oral diseases) can affect our ability to eat, the foods we choose, how we look, and the way we communicate. These diseases can affect economic productivity and compromise our ability to work at home, at school, or on the job,” the office said in its National Call to Action to Promote Oral Health in spring 2003.
Our hats off to Ronald McDonald House, Basic Electric Cooperative as well as KEM Electric Cooperative, Linton, McKenzie Electric Cooperative, Watford City, and Slope Electric Cooperative, New England, who partnered to provide the care.
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