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First Midwestern Mobile Dental Clinic Launched In Partnership with Ronald McDonald Charities

by Megan Streng and Chiqui Flowers | Dec 05, 2013

(ST. PAUL, MN - Oct 15, 2009) Medical Teams International successfully launched its first Ronald McDonald Care Mobile clinic on October 7. Held in St. Paul, the campaign is an effort to provide increased access to dental care for underserved children in Minnesota. This mobile dental clinic is the first of many planned for the 13-county metropolitan area.

With Ronald McDonald House Charities (Upper Midwest), local McDonald’s store owners and Ecolab, Inc. as its partners, Medical Teams International will be able to provide cost-effective dental care including prevention, restoration and education services to its patients.

This new addition -- a state-of-the dental van -- is designed and tailored specifically for the children. At 40 feet and 26,000 pounds, this vehicle features two dental stations for pediatric hygiene and restorative work and a kid-friendly reception area. A full range of dental services is available, including exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, X-rays, fillings and extractions. Education on proper dental care and the importance of seeing a dentist on a regular basis will also be provided to the children and their families.

To contribute to the mobile dental program, visit www.medicalteams.org, call (800) 959.HEAL (4325) or mail your donations to Medical Teams International, PO Box 10, Portland, OR 97207-0010.

Medical Teams International operates the largest volunteer mobile dental program in the United States. With 11 vans in the Pacific Northwest, they provide free and low cost dental care each year to over 17,000 low-income children and adults who lack insurance or any realistic way to pay for the care they need.

Since 1979, Medical Teams International has shipped more than 1.3 billion in antibiotics, surgical kits and lifesaving medicines to care for 35 million people in 100 countries around the world. More than 2000 volunteers meet the needs of people worldwide each year. Donations can be made by calling (503) 624.1000 or by logging on to www.medicalteams.org.