Pediatric Dental Specialists see expansion of building and staff

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island now has a expanded and improved pediatric dental office. Thanks to a legislative bill, dental clinics can hire new types of hygienists as well.

With the bigger staff, the Pediatric Dental Specialists’ building has been expanded to more than double the size. This office focuses on kids who are from lower income families or may have special needs.

“One of the things about Grand Island is we're a non-fluoridated community so we have a lot of tooth decay among our kids and our whole goal is to get kids in early by age one, identify if they're at risk for tooth decay and make sure they have the preventative and restorative services needed to take care of them,” Senior Partner Jessica Meeske said.

Dentists hope that with the new facilities, they will be able to serve an even greater part of the population.

“These patients don't have anywhere else to go. There are several providers for medicaid in the state of Nebraska but there are several that aren't taking new patients,” Hays said. “So we serve those families. We also serve families that do not have insurance or they come here, immigrate here and they don't have any access to any sort of dental care.”