Dr. LaMonica Davis Taylor, a pediatric dentist with a private practice, Smiles on Broadway Dental Care in Jackson, MS. Dr. Taylor has been providing dental services to children in the area since 2015 and currently has students in Boyle, Shelby, Mound Bayou, Cleveland, and Shaw according to Black News.
Dr. Taylor and her team at Smiles on Broadway Dental Care travel to schools where they provide preventive and emergency dental care to children. Before buying the mobile clinic, Dr. Taylor and her team would carry portable equipment to each school. Since working in the schools many of the parents have followed the recommendations and have taken their children to local dentist where more comprehensive treatment can be done.
The mission of the clinic is to serve the most vulnerable children in that area. Many of the children in the Mississippi Delta area have either never been to a dentist or have been for emergency treatment only, causing heightened anxiety and long-term fear of the dentist. “My mission is to provide quality oral health to children who would otherwise not see a dentist,” Dr. Taylor said. “It is fulfilling when our annual visits result in fewer referrals for restorative care. It means that our mission is being accomplished.”
The clinic has a waiting area, two dental chairs, and digital x-rays, which lower the patient’s risk of being exposed to radiation. All COVID protocols required and recommended by the Mississippi Board of Dental Examiners are followed. “Our staff treats an average of 75-100 students per school. “We provide screenings, exams, cleanings, radiographs, prophylaxis, and fluoride treatments. Emergency extractions are performed if needed. In addition to that, we provide oral health products (toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouth rinse) to every student we see. These are things that we take for granted and it amazes us that many of the children do not have access to get these products or services,” Dr. Taylor said according to the news oulet.
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