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Community taking advantage of SmileMobile during Teeth Week

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It’s Teeth Week in Spokane, and some are getting long-needed care. It’s Teeth Week in Spokane, and some are getting long-needed care.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

It’s Teeth Week in Spokane, and some are getting long-needed care.

Dentists expect to see 40-50 patients in the SmileMobile while in Spokane. Patients tell me this is important to have in the community especially because some have delayed care.

Esha Callahan is visiting the dentist for the first time in more than seven years. She has issues with her wisdom teeth.

“It was getting the point where I wasn't able to eat or anything,” she says.

But, she doesn't have dental insurance.

“I’m extremely low income. I’m disabled. I can't afford dental.”

The Spokane Regional Health District says the need for oral health care is real. In Spokane, one in three adults don't have dental insurance.

“I wish I could've got it done sooner because it wouldn't cause as many other issues like pain and not being able to eat and speech issues,” she says. “It just, it wasn't feasible.”

She says she's grateful for the Mighty Mouth Campaign and the SmileMobile, who referred her to a surgeon.

“If it weren't for them it would probably be another two, three years before I could do anything.”

Esha says a healthy mouth helps overall health.

“It’s important because it keeps you healthy. You can have all sorts of different issues. You can't eat properly, you're going to have digestive problems and other issues. Your mouth is your front line for your health.”

Dentists say prevention is also important. There are several things they say you should do daily. First, floss. Brushing gets to 60 percent of your teeth and flossing gets to the rest. Second, have a healthy diet. And third, drink water instead of sugary drinks. 

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