Regular dental appointments are important for maintaining oral health. But this can be difficult for individuals and families who don’t have great access to care or aren’t able to travel to a dentist’s office.
Mobile dentistry units are traveling care vehicles that help bring dentists and staff to their patients, instead of the other way around. They set up shop at workplaces, schools, communities without dental offices, and other areas where care may be less accessible.
Oral health care on wheels
Mobile clinics are a valuable and effective tool for supporting the oral health of children, older adults, and underserved communities, including people in rural or low-income areas without dedicated local clinics.
There are two different types of mobile dental clinics:
Either way, these traveling clinics create access to oral health care for populations that might not otherwise have it.
The number of mobile clinics has increased in recent years, in part because pandemic safe-distancing guidelines made it more difficult to provide dental services inside schools and workplaces.
Mobile clinics provide a wide range of services
The exact services offered will vary from clinic to clinic, but mobile care units are capable of providing a wide array of services and treatments. A mobile clinic may offer:
Finding a mobile dental clinic in your area
If you have dental coverage, check to see if there’s a mobile dental clinic covered by your plan. For those without coverage, try reaching out to your state’s health department. They may be able to help locate a government- or charity-funded mobile clinic near you.