Iowa public health officials have received a $1.8 million federal grant to help ensure children and some adults get adequate dental care.
The money from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be used to expand a school-based dental program called I-Smile Dental Home Initiative and to monitor and evaluate the state's dental public health program.
I-Smile helps Iowa's children connect with dentists who provide treatment and evaluation. Other health professionals including dental hygienists, physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physician assistants, and dietitians are a part of a larger network providing oral screenings, education, guidance, and preventive services as needed.
Since I-Smile began, 62 percent more low-income Iowa children have received dental services.