PEARLY WHITES: The RFDS mobile dental service will be in Monto until Thursday, March 14.
PEARLY WHITES: The RFDS mobile dental service will be in Monto until Thursday, March 14. Paul Braven GLA130716TEETH

Flying clinic puts smile on Monto's face

ORAL health will be the flavour of the month in Monto from tomorrow as the Royal Flying Doctor Service's mobile dental clinic throws open its doors for a three-week stay.

The service begins tomorrow, February 26, and runs until Thursday, March 14.

Originally known as the QCoal Community Dental Service, named after founding donor QCoal Foundation, the service has visited Monto four times previously, treating more than 400 patients and delivering more than 3000 treatments.

With the program's longevity, patients who have begun with initial pain relief have moved to preventative treatments such as check-ups and maintenance over the years.

Foundation chair Christopher Wallin said an extra week has been added to the RFDS's typical two-week stay owing to the program's popularity.

"We understand from the RFDS that there has been a strong response from the community and it will be a busy swing,” he said.

Mr Wallis said the foundation was proud to be able to bring high-quality and sorely needed oral health services to rural and remote Queensland, supported by the Federal Government.

Division 1 councillor Paul Lobegeier said he was thrilled to have the service back to Monto and hopes they continue coming for years into the future.

"It's a real issue in the North Burnett getting oral health personnel out here,” he said, praising Monto Hospital's director of nursing Tracey Pattie for her efforts in securing the service again.

Appointments can be made by phoning 1800002507.


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