The Mobile Dental Clinic provides low-income patients up to age 19 with restorative and preventive dental care, connections to a family dentist for ongoing care, and help enrolling in an insurance program. Many participants have no prior history of dental care.
The Mobile Dental Clinic offers free services through the Dental Collaborative of Contra Costa.
Ronald McDonald House Charities provided the fully equipped clinic with two operatories, including X-rays. The County's Children's Oral Health program provides screening and triage in low-income schools. La Clínica de la Raza and Brookside Community Health Center provide dental care, patient registration, assistance with eligibility and enrollment, and help in establishing a connection to a dental and medical “home” for the child and the family. John Muir Community Health Alliance provides the clinic driver and coordinates the maintenance and operation of the mobile clinic.
Since then, he finally brought a friend home and is now showing an increased self-esteem and self-confidence
“Jools came to live with us in June 2011. He was missing three front teeth and had multiple dental problems. Jools was quiet and did not speak nor smile often. He always used his hand to cover his mouth while he talked or laughed. I realized he was embarrassed because of his missing teeth. He was referred to La Clinica for the Mobile Dental Clinic and now he is in the process of having his dental procedures done. Jools was so happy to have his teeth taken care of and for having his stay plate on. Since then, he finally brought a friend home and is now showing an increased self-esteem and self-confidence. I would like to thank Dr. Arica, Mobile Dental Clinic and La Clinica Dental Clinic for the kindness and hard work you did to help one teenager be himself and have a better future simply because he can smile. Thanks A Million.”
- In 2011, the Mobile Dental Clinic provided oral health services to 655 children through 1454 visits.
- In schools in 2011:
- 9,632 received dental education
- 7,952 received dental assessments
- 6,147 received fluoride
- 1,142 received sealants
- 671 families were provided with insurance enrollment assistance.
- 100 percent of patient seen through the Mobile Dental Clinic were connected with a dental home through referral partnerships with community clinics.