Mobile Dental Program
The Mobile Dental Program provides free or low-cost urgent dental care services to patients who lack dental insurance or any realistic way to pay for dental treatment.
There are two primary obstacles to receiving dental care in the US: cost and accessible location.
Suffering & Expense
Right outside of our doors, families are battling the intense pain, complications, and socio-economic challenges that come with severe dental problems.
As untreated dental issues progress, many uninsured people with dental crises turn to emergency rooms for pain relief. ERs are not properly equipped to treat dental problems and is also costly for both patients and hospitals - approximately $765 per ER visit.
There is a shortage of dental providers in the Pacific NW, and the number of providers continues to decline.
While in theory all Oregon children are covered, there are many reasons why they may have trouble accessing it- poor transportation, parent unable to take time off work, etc.
Did you know?
Up to 30% of uninsured emergency room visits could have been better treated in a dental office.
Medical Teams International’s Mobile Dental program has been able to dramatically reduce ER expenses for uninsured patients with dental disease, providing effective treatment at an average $100 - $125 per patient.
Our fully-equipped vans are staffed by licensed dentists, hygienists and dental assistants who generously volunteer their time, and we work with over 300 community partners to arrange urgent care dental services.
We also provide preventative care. For example, MTI has provided thousands of children with an easy-to-read brochure and a kid-friendly kit of basic dental supplies as well as classroom instruction from MTI staff and volunteers.
Our Mobile Dental site partners report long waiting lists - in some cases the clinics are booked to capacity for several months.
We increase the impact of your gift by using volunteers and donated supplies to provide $4 in desperately-needed dental care for every $1 you donate.
Your generous donations have helped over 50,000 people in the past 3 years!