Built by Farber: Dental unit to aid areas near Nats Park

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This mobile clinic is going to be here serving communities and families well beyond [when] the All-Star Game packs up and leaves town. That's the kind of investment we want to see.
— Charles Allen - Ward 6 councilmember

WASHINGTON -- In the three Washington, D.C., wards that envelop Nationals Park, there is only one dentist for every 4,000 residents -- less than half the national average.

That harrowing fact is why the group of community leaders assembled at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School on Friday morning couldn't sit back idly. They were there to unveil a new mobile dental unit to replace an older one "held together by tape, bubble gum and a little bit of prayer," said Dr. Erik Scheifele, division chief of oral health at Children's National, which launched the original unit in 2001.

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