Tooth Ferry to Visit Washington County 

We’ve all heard of the tooth fairy, but in Washington County on Wednesday, the tooth ferry made an appearance.It’s a mobile dental unit providing oral care to kids.”We are able to provide preventive dental care, meaning cleanings and fluoride and sealants.” The Washington County Children’s Program has teamed up with New York University’s College of Dentistry to bring the outreach program to Machias for a week in October.”It gives kids a very positive outlook on dentistry because they have fun,” said Gay Haroutunian, a speech pathologist. That’s right, she said fun. That’s what it’s all about.Sometimes the dentist can be a scary experience for kids, but not when the tooth ferry comes to town.”They have fun, they get a sticker, they have fun riding the chair.””I brushed my teeth,” said Alexis Foss with a big smile. Her dad, Alan Foss, agrees that this is a great program, “It makes me feel great because she ain’t that happy at a regular dentist, so I’m glad to be a part of it.”The program is vital to Washington County because it’s difficult for many families to receive dental care here. “So many kids don’t have it, so if their teeth are hurting they can’t pay attention to anything.””It will mean that children will get the care that they need without the barriers in front of them and some of the challenges that families face.”The program will be in Machias October 4th through the 9th.Some kindergarten through 3rd grade students will be offered care during normal school hours. Other residents, both adults and children, can visit on a walk-in basis. “This is just a gift from Heaven. This thing is amazing, this program.”