HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Vanessa Fletcher is giving her children something she never had, quality dental care.
"I never experienced going to a dentist growing up, so I am 48 years old, and my mouth is all messed up. So I got to look out for my kids, not only their dentist but their health, and that's very important as a single parent," said Fletcher, resident of Hagerstown and mother of three children.
She thanks the Walnut Street Community Health Center for bringing the mobile dental unit within steps of her home.
"Sometimes you don't have money to get there, you don't have a ride, so it's a blessing that Walnut makes it convenient for for parents that are struggling as a single parent," said Fletcher.
"It's fun because you don't have to drive there and you just can walk out your back door to go there," said Deleon Stewart, Fletcher's son.
This summer for the first time, Healthy Smiles in Motion Dental Unit rolled in to the Pangborn and Noland neighborhoods serving 60 children, with the help of the Hagerstown Housing Authority.
"We want to be committed to these children as their dental, so we don't want to just drop off the face of the earth, after June and then come back in August or September; we want to be their dental office, all year around," said April Turner, mobile dental unit coordinator.
From cleanings, x-rays and root canals, they do it all. All parents have to do is call Walnut Street if interested.
"All I have to do is call and they are right there; they talk to me they explain and they are excellent," said Fletcher.
"If they have multiple children they don't even have to worry about the schedule of their children's appointments; I say let me worry about your children's appointment for the dental part," said Turner.
Fletcher said she's grateful that her young children have bright and healthy smiles just in time for the new school year.
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