SYLVA, N.C. -- Free dental care is rolling into North Carolina communities where poor and uninsured people have done without.
The new X-ray equipped bus sponsored by the North Carolina Dental Society visits Sylva on Saturday.
The mobile dental clinic expects to provide care to more than 6,000 people this year with support from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.
More than a million of the state's nine million residents have limited or no access to dental care.
Blue Cross CEO Brad Wilson says routine dental screenings can detect diabetes, heart conditions, osteoporosis and other diseases.
The bus travels this summer to clinics in Sparta, Washington and Asheville.
It later visits Gastonia, Kill Devil Hills and Greensboro through the end of the year.