Dental Health Resources in South Dakota
Hundreds of disabled and elderly citizens throughout South Dakota have seriously-neglected dental problems. Because of their disabilities or ages, many cannot work. South Dakota’s Medicaid program provides only limited dental services and Medicare generally does not provide dental treatment.
Volunteer dentists and assistants, some of them from Dental Schools at Creighton and Indiana Universities and the Universities of South Dakota, Nebraska and Missouri, University of Connecticut, are providing many services in the St. Francis Mission Dental Clinic. These services include dental exams, x-rays, fillings, cleanings, treatments, follow-up checkups, and education in preventive care.