A mobile dental clinic, housed in a huge van, is set to take off in Escondido and bring dental services to children, whose families might not otherwise be able to get to a dentist’s office.
The Dental Mobile Health Center, is being launched by nonprofit Neighborhood Healthcare, which is a part of Escondido-based nonprofit Palomar Health and is part of Neighborhood Healthcare’s new Virtual Dental Home service for children.
The Dental Mobile Health Center is a 40-foot vehicle with two exam rooms and portable dental units. The mobile clinic includes a wheelchair lift, hydraulic chairs, portable X-ray devices and running water.
The new Dental Mobile Health Center was purchased thanks to a $50,000 grant from Delta Dental.
Neighborhood Healthcare’s Virtual Dental Home program is a community-based oral health program that offers preventative and early intervention dental services in community places, such as schools and preschools.
The program includes services such as dental exams, teeth cleanings, fluoride treatments, X-rays, sealants, and pictures of the child’s teeth.
The mobile dental clinic is intended to help children who might not get dental care for various reasons, such as because of lack of awareness of the importance of oral health, transportation, insurance, low family income or fear of dental treatment.
“Families do not pay out-of-pocket for the service, and no one gets turned away based on their inability to pay,” said Joseph Jordan, DDS, dental director for Neighborhood Healthcare.
For more information, visit nhcare.org/health-services/dental or call (833) 867-4642.