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Tremendous Need

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

Your Impact

Thanks to volunteers and donated supplies, your gift multiplies x4!   Every $1 provides $4 worth of desperately-needed dental care.

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For information about clinics in your area, please call our Dental Information Lines:

OR- 503.624.1026
WA- 425.284.1950


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Objective

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

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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.

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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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Every gift makes a difference:

$125 can provide life-changing dental services one person here in the Pacific Northwest who can't afford or access care

$1250 pays for one mobile dental clinic

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Recent Blog Posts about our Mobile Dental Program

Mobile Dental Success Story: Alex

by Katie Carroll | Feb 15, 2014
Since childhood, Alex suffered with molar pain caused by a dental care mistake in his home country of Russia. For decades he has suffered - unable to even sleep at night because of the pain. Volunteering at a local food pantry, he heard how MTI's dental vans could help uninsured patients. After visiting a clinic, he now lives pain-free.

We are so grateful for our donors and volunteers - you are changing lives!

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