New Dental Center Opens in Tallahassee

With its appropriate train station motif, 912 Railroad Avenue is now a brand new, state-of-the-art health facility; more specifically, the Leon County Health Department's Center for Dental Health.

Dr. Ed Zapert says, "Access to dental care is a big issue. As Commissioner Proctor said, there are a lot of lost days from school when a child simply has a toothache."

Initially, the center with 12 examination rooms will be providing dental care to children ages six to 21 who receive Medicaid.

"When we get fully operational we'll entertain other options," Dr. Zapert adds.

A trip to the dentist's office is normally not a pleasant experience for the kids or the parents, but at the center it's a little bit different.

Angie Hayes says, "With dental care being so expensive, this is a good idea. We enjoy coming here. My kids are comfortable and I like the environment."

Health officials say this has been a longtime dream, and now that it's come true they're all smiles.