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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.

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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.

Did you know?

Up to 30% of uninsured emergency room visits could have been better treated in a dental office.

Accessibility

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 by Healthy Kids insurance, there are many reasons why they may have trouble accessing it. A 2-3 hour drive to the closest dental provider requires parents to take off work. This means low-income kids and their parents (who are NOT usually covered by dental insurance) just don’t go.

Our Approach:

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.

We have a fleet of twelve Mobile Dental clinics in Oregon and Washington. Our fully-equipped vans are staffed by licensed dentists, hygienists and dental assistants who volunteer their time to provide professional dental care.

We work with over 300 community partners, such as churches, schools, and health care companies, to arrange urgent care dental services like fillings and extractions.

Preventative Care

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.

Tremendous Need

Our Mobile Dental site partners report long waiting lists - in some cases the clinics are booked to capacity for several months.

Impactful Giving

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 Impact

Your generous donations have helped over 50,000 people in the past 3 years!


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The success of the program is due to the voluntary work of dedicated dental professionals, partnering local churches, and gifts from donors like you.

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Headlines: Blog Posts about our Mobile Dental Program

Impact Story: Fish for Teeth

by Katie Carroll | Feb 12, 2014

Our Mobile Dental program relies on variety of community partners to help provide dental clinics to those most in need. In 2012, Medical Teams International partnered with Fish for Teeth – a non-profit organization serving Washington’s San Juan County. Matt Marinkovich, a San Juan Island commercial fisherman and founder of Fish for Teeth, shares the impact MTI’s mobile dental care has had in his community.

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First off, the only reason Fish for Teeth exists is because in 2005 an eight-year-old girl came up to me out of the blue when I was at the elementary school playground with my daughter. She said to me "Wanna see my cavities?" and opened up her mouth to show me a mouth full of decay. That was the extent of our "scope of need" study; one and half years later Fish for Teeth was formed, complete with a Board consisting of fishermen and dentists.

A few years later, we were introduced to Medical Teams International’s Mobile Dental program. Their mobile dental vans equipped our volunteer dentists with all they needed to provide care. Since we partnered with MTI, we have had many instances that made us say "Thank God we're doing this!" Thumbing through the comment forms patients fill out after their visit really shows that we are reaching the people that need help. One woman said the pain was so bad she "thought she was going to die," while another woman said that she felt like her visit to the dental van "saved her life.”

I grew up with a lot of cavities and know what dental pain is like, and I cannot imagine having a toothache and not having a way to make it end. So I'm really glad to be a part of this to help people rid themselves of dental pain! During our most recent clinic, my wife met a woman who said her husband’s tooth had been hurting him so much he couldn't talk or sleep, and they didn't have money to see a dentist. My wife encouraged her to bring him to the clinic and they took care of the situation that day. This couple is just one example of the many people we see who need help - responsible families who are working two jobs, but still don't have the means to afford dental care. Thank you to MTI for giving Fish for Teeth the means to help so many people up in the San Juan Islands.

  • 50% Nearly half of adults over age 30 suffer 
    from some for form of gum disease.
  • $765 Average cost per patient to treat dental emergencies in an ER.
  • 2x Children from lower-income families are
    almost twice as likely to have tooth decay.

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