by Carolina King
The successful Skippy+ dental program, which provides basic cleanings twice a year to students in local schools via its mobile clinic, is expanding to meet the needs of adult Medicaid recipients in Ouray County.
There are currently no dentists in the county that accept Medicaid patients, who make up 15 percent of the county population, so the program will fill a gap in services, according to Erich Lange, Tri-County Health Network community programs manager.
Lange told the Plaindealer a clinic will be set-up in the Public Health Office in Ouray and patients will be seen starting in April.
The clinic will provide cleanings, x-rays, exams and primary restoration such as fillings, and will be referring patients to Medicaid providers in Montrose for more intensive treatment such as root canals.
Skippy+ has provided in-school dental clinics since 2008. More than 7,000 children have used the program since the start. The mobile clinics have everything a normal dentist office would have, but everything is portable, including the x-ray machines. They set up in...