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Access Dental Care (PDF, 329 KB)
Access Dental Care, established in 2000, is based in Asheboro, North Carolina. Services include screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions, crowns, bridges, dentures, scaling, root canals, and provider education on mouth assessments and daily oral care. The program treats frail older adults and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, providing on-site care at long-term care facilities. As of 2013, the program has treated nearly 13,000 individuals and maintains 57 active facilities.

Access to Baby and Child Dentistry - Medicaid Payment Reform (PDF, 370 KB)
Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD), established in 1995, connects Medicaid enrolled children ages 0 – 6 in Washington State with dental care in their local communities. ABCD is a public private partnership that includes Washington’s Health Care Authority (Medicaid), Washington’s Department of Health, the University of Washington School of Dentistry, the Washington Dental Service Foundation, and the Washington State Dental Association. ABCD operates statewide, with 30 programs serving children and families in all of Washington’s 39 counties, and trains and certifies dentists. These dentists receive enhanced Medicaid reimbursement for providing services to Medicaid enrolled children. ABCD coordinators conduct outreach to families and provide case management and connections to certified dentists. Today, Washington State leads the nation in the number of young children accessing dental care, with 50.9% of Medicaid enrolled children ages 0 – 6 accessing care in 2014.

Across the Smiles Northeast Mobile Dental Program (PDF, 327 KB)
Across the Smiles Northeast Mobile Dental Program, established in 2002, operates in northeastern Connecticut. Mobile dental units travel to settings such as schools, day cares, nursing homes, and community centers to provide services to individuals of all ages. Services include emergency care, screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions, crowns, dentures, root canals, referrals, and patient education.

Adopt a Vet Dental Program (PDF, 841 KB) Promising Program
The Adopt a Vet Dental (AAVD) Program provides pro bono dental care to northern Nevada’s low-income Veterans who cannot afford to see a dentist. Most of these Veterans do not have a family or support system, which forces them to rely on help from community resources, such as AAVD. Dentists, oral surgeons, and dental specialists from northern Nevada volunteer their services to address the Veterans’ needs for comprehensive oral health care.

AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin Dental Clinic (PDF, 667 KB) Promising Program
The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) Dental Clinic provides comprehensive and specialized dental care for individuals diagnosed with HIV. The staff is experienced with HIV/AIDS oral health issues and understands the relationship between dental care and managing HIV symptoms or conditions caused by HIV medications. The ARCW Dental Clinic is co-located with medical and mental health clinics, a pharmacy, and social services that are designed to help HIV patients maximize their health care outcomes.

Alaska Dental Health Aide Therapist Educational Program (PDF, 680 KB) Promising Program
The Alaska Dental Health Aide Therapist (DHAT) Educational Program addresses the need for a culturally competent oral health workforce by educating native Alaskans to be dental providers to work in Alaska’s rural communities. Dental therapists possess language skills and cultural fluency that make them advocates of oral care in their home regions.

Amaus Health Services (PDF, 339 KB)
Amaus Dental Services at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, established in 2007, is located in Syracuse, New York. The clinic is open two days per week and volunteer providers offer care at no charge to the client. Dental services include cleanings, fillings, and extractions. Currently the clinic treats low-income and homeless populations as well as individuals without insurance and underinsured individuals who lack access to services.

Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, Inc. (PDF, 330 KB)
Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, Inc. (ACHS), established in 1975, is a federally qualified health center that offers dental services in Littleton, New Hampshire. The National Committee for Quality Assurance recognized ACHS as a top-level Patient-Centered Medical Home. Services include screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions, scaling, crowns, dentures, referrals, and patient education. ACHS treats children and adults of all ages.

Anthony L. Jordan Health Dental Department (PDF, 330 KB)
The Anthony L. Jordan Health Center (AJHC), established in 1904, is located in Rochester, New York and was one of the first federally qualified health centers in the country. Services include emergency care, screenings, cleanings, fillings, extractions, crowns, dentures, oral surgery, and root canals. AJHC targets underserved children and adults.

Apple Tree Dental (PDF, 633 KB) Promising Program
The mission of Apple Tree Dental (Apple Tree) is to improve the oral health of all people, including those with special access needs who face barriers to care. The staff works to achieve its mission by delivering education, prevention, and restorative dental services to vulnerable populations and by providing leadership and innovation to transform the health care system. Services are provided at regional clinics, called Centers for Dental Health, which also serve as care coordination centers for its innovative on-site delivery system. On-site care is provided year-round at more than 130 community sites including long-term care and assisted living facilities, group homes, Head Start centers, and schools.

Arizona Community Dental Clinic (PDF, 374 KB)
The Arizona Community Dental Clinic, established in 2012, is located in Phoenix, Arizona. The clinic is staffed by volunteer dentists as well as by dental and pre-dental students. The program staff provide a range of services, including screenings, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings, extractions, scaling, oral surgery, dentures, crowns, bridges, and root canals. The clinic targets low-income individuals and is funded primarily by private grants and donations.

Aspen Dental (PDF, 366 KB)
Aspen Dental, founded in 1998, operates across 30 states and provides a range of services including screenings, cleanings, x-rays, fillings, extractions, crowns, bridges, dentures, oral surgery, referrals, and oral health education. Aspen Dental manages the Healthy Mouth Movement, a community giving initiative in which hundreds of Aspen Dental practices and the Aspen Dental MouthMobile provide free services to underserved populations. In 2014, the Healthy Mouth Movement served close to 3,000 individuals and provided free services valued at more than $1 million.

Atlantic County Dental Discount Card (PDF, 364 KB)
The Atlantic County Dental Discount Card is available in Atlantic County, New Jersey. The discount card is not insurance, but enables individuals to receive discounts on certain services at participating dental practices. Examples of discounted services include exams, cleanings, dentures, crowns, and root canals. This program targets individuals without insurance and those who are underinsured, but is available to all Atlantic County residents. Members have unlimited usage of the discount card and have the option of enrolling in a family plan.

The Berkeley Free Clinic (PDF, 327 KB)
The Berkeley Free Clinic, established in 1969, is a nonprofit clinic in Berkeley, California that provides screenings, cleanings, x-rays, fillings, extractions, and oral health education to its clients free of charge. Direct services are provided almost entirely by volunteers. Due to limited capacity, the clinic uses a lottery system, in which only lottery winners receive dental care. The clinic focuses on underserved populations, including individuals without insurance and the homeless.

Boston Senior Oral Health Program (PDF, 668 KB) Promising Program
The Boston Senior Oral Health Program provides dental screenings and multi-lingual oral health education to older adults living in public housing developments, with referrals to federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) for those in need of dental care. All individuals are offered navigation assistance from Resident Health Resources, who are existing public housing residents trained as oral health advocates for their fellow residents. The program provides dental care free of charge to participating older adults.

Bridges to Health (PDF, 317 KB)
In 2014, Bridges to Health was a three-day event in San Francisco, California that provided medical and dental care to almost 3,000 individuals. This program had a medical and dental clinic, and offered a variety of services including vision services and STD/HIV screening. Dental services included cleanings, extractions, crowns, and root canals. The majority of the dental equipment was made available by the Adventist Medical Evangelism Network. By the end of the three days, more than $5 million worth of services were provided at no charge to the clients.

Calhoun County Senior Services Dental Program (PDF, 675 KB) Promising Program
The Calhoun County Senior Services Dental Program is funded by the Calhoun County Senior Millage (a local property tax) and partners with two clinics to annually provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in dental services for older adults in Calhoun County, Michigan. Grace Health and Fountain Clinic provide the dental and oral health services, together covering multiple cities in the county. These clinics provide dentures, extractions, fillings, and other dental services to low-income adults who are over the age of 60, live in Calhoun County, Michigan, and have no dental insurance. County-wide transportation is available for all of the individuals served in the Dental Program.

Care Alliance Health Center (PDF, 634 KB) Promising Program
Care Alliance Health Center provides preventive, rehabilitative, restorative, and emergency dental care for vulnerable populations living in and around Cleveland, Ohio. Care Alliance’s mission is to provide high quality, comprehensive medical and dental care, patient advocacy, and related services to individuals in need, regardless of their ability to pay.

Carolina Family Health Centers, Inc. (PDF, 329 KB)
Carolina Family Health Centers, Inc. (CFHC), established in 1994, offers dental services in Elm City, North Carolina. CFHC is a federally qualified health center. Services are offered to residents across three counties and include screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings, extractions, oral surgery, dentures, and patient education. The center targets low-income individuals and families who do not have insurance or are underinsured. CFHC also operates a mobile dental van to treat migrant farmworkers.

CDA Cares (PDF, 364 KB)
CDA Cares, a volunteer dental program hosted by the California Dental Association (CDA) and the CDA Foundation, was established in 2012. The volunteer events are held in different communities and provide dental services at no charge to thousands of individuals who experience barriers to care. Volunteer dentists, dental and health professionals, and community volunteers work together to provide cleanings, fillings, extractions, limited full and partial dentures, and oral health education.

CDA Foundation's Geriatric Oral Health Access Pilot Program (PDF, 352 KB)
The California Dental Association Foundation’s Geriatric Oral Health Access pilot program in San Mateo, California ended in 2009. Services included screenings, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings, extractions, scaling, crowns, bridges, dentures, oral surgery, root canals, referrals, and patient and caregiver education. The program treated adults in long-term care facilities and included registered dental hygienists working with dentists. The program relied on private grants and individual donations for sustainability.

Christiana Care Health System Dental Clinic (PDF, 653 KB) Promising Program
The Christiana Care Health System operates a dental clinic at Wilmington Hospital and four satellite dental clinics in the Wilmington, Delaware area. The clinic keeps the service fees at a reduced level to provide comprehensive dental care to individuals who lack insurance or who are underinsured. The treatment is performed by dental residents who have completed their undergraduate training but have chosen to spend time as hospital residents before going into private practice. These residents also rotate through the hospital’s anesthesia and emergency departments to gain a comprehensive picture of the hospital population’s medical needs and to become trained to treat people who are medically compromised or have a disability.

Colorado Dental Health Care Program for Low-Income Seniors (Senior Dental Grant Program) (PDF, 371 KB)
The Colorado Dental Health Care Program for Low-Income Seniors (Senior Dental Grant Program) was created with the passage of Senate Bill 14-180 and began accepting individuals on July 1, 2015. This program grants funds to Area Agencies on Aging, community-based organizations and foundations, health districts, safety-net clinics, and private dental practices to promote the health and welfare of Colorado’s low-income older adults. These qualified grantees provide or arrange for the provision of dental care services to individuals 60 years and older who do not have private dental insurance and are not eligible for services under any other dental health care program lawfully present in the state (such as Medicaid or the Old Age Pension Health and Medical Care Program).

Columbia Oral Health Clinic (PDF, 639 KB) Promising Program
The Columbia Oral Health Clinic offers free oral health services to community members living with HIV/AIDS and to low-income individuals without health insurance. The clinic only serves individuals referred from other partnering community health organizations (with the exception of extractions). Clinic staff conduct an initial diagnostic assessment to identify an individual’s needs, develop and implement a comprehensive treatment plan to meet those needs, and provide education on good oral health habits.

Commonwealth Mobile Oral Health Services (PDF, 804 KB) Promising Program
Commonwealth Mobile Oral Health Services (CMOHS) is a portable dental care company that brings oral health services to those who have barriers to access in the state of Massachusetts. The company offers a comprehensive model of portable dental care that involves diagnosis, prevention, therapeutic treatment, and education. In addition to providing direct services, CMOHS offers full case management and a referral network to local dentists for follow-up treatment.

Community Dental Services, Inc. (PDF, 318 KB)
Community Dental Services, Inc. (CDS) is a nonprofit organization that provides dental services at clinics located in three neighborhoods in the Albuquerque metropolitan area. Established in 1975, CDS serves individuals in federally designated dental health professional shortage areas who are covered by Medicaid or have commercial dental insurance. This program provides comprehensive and emergency dental care, including exams, cleanings, fillings, root canals, extractions, and braces. CDS serves over 11,000 individuals per year.

Community Health Center (PDF, 627 KB) Promising Program
Community Health Center (CHC) is a statewide, independent, private nonprofit organization that provides medical, dental, and behavioral health services to individuals living in Connecticut. CHC incorporates prevention and health promotion, treatment of illness, and management of chronic disease into its service approach. The program also offers mobile outreach programs that provide medical and dental services at schools, Head Start programs, daycare facilities, and Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) offices.

Community Health Centers of Benton and Linn Counties (PDF, 337 KB)
The Community Health Centers of Benton and Linn Counties, established in 2004, is comprised of federally qualified health centers based in Corvallis, Oregon. Dental services include emergency care, screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions, and patient education. The program uses an integrated team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and behaviorists to work together and coordinate care. The center treats both children and adults.

Community Health Ministry Dental Outreach and Healthy Smiles Program (PDF, 334 KB)
Community Health Ministry (CHM) is based in Wamego, Kansas. The dental outreach program operates portable preventive clinics for schools, Head Start centers, public housing communities, long-term care facilities, and centers for behavioral health and disabilities. Services include screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, x-rays, temporary fillings, sealants, simple extractions (baby teeth), and patient and caregiver education. Restorative care and dentures are provided at a permanent dental hub in Wamego, Kansas. The program focuses on providing access to dental care in rural and urban settings for individuals who do not have a dental home, those with limited access to a dental home, and/or those who do not have insurance or are underinsured.

Community Health Programs Dental Center (PDF, 331 KB)
The Community Health Programs Dental Center, established in 1975, is located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Services include emergency care, screenings, cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments, x-rays, dentures, crowns, scaling, root canals, referrals, and client and caregiver education. The clinic also provides onsite screenings and education at a variety of community settings including schools, libraries, and offices. Individuals of all ages are accepted, including those with special needs, and the clinic offers a sliding fee scale to accommodate the financial needs of clients.

Community Healthcare Network (PDF, 330 KB)
Community Healthcare Network (CHN), established in the 1960s, offers dental care in four federally qualified health centers across New York City, New York in Brooklyn, Jamaica, and Manhattan. Services include screenings, cleanings, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions, crowns, bridges, dentures, and root canals. CHN targets low-income children and adults, as well as individuals without insurance. The staff members in the network speak more than 25 different languages and use over-the-phone real-time translation services if they do not speak an individual’s language.

Community-Based Oral Health Program for Senior Citizens (PDF, 388 KB)
The Community-Based Oral Health Program for Senior Citizens is based in Clinton County, Indiana. The program aims to improve access to care among older adults through education and support. The program uses several outlets to promote education including local media, events, and individual screenings. Examples of support include booking dental appointments and offering transportation services. The program focuses on residents who are older adults (ages 55 and older), and who have not been to the dentist in a year.

CommunityHealth (PDF, 719 KB) Promising Program
CommunityHealth is the largest volunteer-based medical facility in the nation and provides a wide range of services, including primary, specialty, and dental care. CommunityHealth tries to match individuals with the same in-house provider during each visit to ensure ongoing, quality care and the opportunity to build a relationship with the provider, just as individuals would in a private practice. The facility is committed to treating the “whole person” and meeting the complex health needs of the population.

CommWell Health (PDF, 329 KB)
CommWell Health, established as a single health center in 1976, has expanded to 14 locations in southeastern North Carolina. Dental services provided by the federally qualified health center include: cleanings, fillings, extractions, crowns, dentures, root canals, and referrals for orthodontic services. The clinic accepts children and adults regardless of ability to pay.

Compassion Community Clinic (PDF, 328 KB)
Compassion Community Clinic, established in 2013, is a faith-based clinic located in Reno, Nevada. Services, provided for free, include cleanings, fillings, extractions, and education. The program treats low-income adults (18 years and older) without insurance residing in northern Nevada. Since its inception, the clinic has provided nearly $100,000 worth of services at no cost to the client.

Continuing Dental Education for Dentists - Improving the Oral Health of Your Older Patients (PDF, 327 KB)
Continuing Dental Education for Dentists – Improving the Oral Health of Your Older Patients was launched in 2015 and is a one-day educational course for dental providers and staff. The goal of the course is to improve care and access to care among older adults, as well as to encourage providers to treat this unique population. The program focuses on a variety of topics such as the importance and benefits of treating older patients, the ways in which oral health changes with age, ethical considerations when considering treatment options, and clinical and administrative tips (i.e., billing) to better accommodate older individuals. The program is free for participating providers and held in the state of Washington.

Coos County Family Health Services (PDF, 328 KB)
Coos County Family Health Services, established in 1980, is based in Berlin, New Hampshire. Services include school-based preventive dental care including screenings, cleanings, fluoride varnish treatments, dental sealants, x-rays, scaling, extractions, temporary fillings, care coordination, referrals, and oral health education. Coos County Family Health Services has expanded into adult dental services with a voucher program for clients eligible for the sliding fee scale

Crossings Community Clinic (PDF, 326 KB)
The Crossings Community Clinic, established in 2005, is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The clinic offers medical, vision and dental care. Free dental services, often offered by dental hygiene students from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, include cleanings and referrals. The clinic targets individuals who lack insurance and access to care.

D-Dent (PDF, 328 KB)
Dentist for the Disabled and Elderly in Need of Treatment, Inc. (D-DENT), established in 1986, is a nonprofit organization located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. D-DENT has won the Blue Cross Blue Shield Champions of Health Award three times and received the ONE (Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence) award in 2015. Services, including screenings and patient and caregiver education, are provided free of charge in a variety of settings such as senior centers and group homes. The organization also connects individuals to dentists for the provision of comprehensive services. D-DENT works with specific populations including low-income older adults (60 years and older) without insurance, Veterans, and individuals with developmental disabilities or special needs.

Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental Program (PDF, 365 KB)
The Delta Dental Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental Program, established in 2004, has provided dental care to over 22,000 children across South Dakota. The team concentrates on preventive dental care in children, rather than treating issues when they manifest into larger problems. Services include fillings, extractions, and patient education. The program, which started as a partnership between the Department of Health and the Ronald McDonald House Charities, focuses on addressing the needs of underserved individuals under age 21 who lack a dental home.

DDD Foundation, Inc. (PDF, 328 KB)
Dentistry for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc. (DDD), established in 1999, is a nonprofit organization that only treats individuals with developmental disabilities. DDD, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is the only clinic of its kind across the state. Services include cleanings, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions, dentures, and root canals. The dental clinic accepts Medicaid and most forms of commercial dental insurance.

DECOD Clinic (PDF, 366 KB)
The Dental Education in Care of Persons with Disabilities (DECOD) Clinic, established in 1974, is located in the state of Washington. Services include emergency, basic, and comprehensive care. The program targets individuals with developmental and acquired disabilities, the majority of whom receive Medical Assistance. Approximately 4,500 dental visits are made per year to the DECOD program, which is one of the few clinics in the state of Washington to provide dental services to those with moderate to severe disabilities. Further, the DECOD program uses portable equipment to make visits to homebound residents and to those in long-term care facilities. The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors selected this program as a Best Practice Project in 2007.

Delta Dental of New Jersey Special Care Center (PDF, 696 KB) Promising Program
The Delta Dental of New Jersey Special Care Center delivers dental care to individuals of all ages with disabilities in Newark, New Jersey and the surrounding regions. Individuals come from New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York. Staff members are trained to work with a spectrum of individuals with disabilities including those with autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and various physical, neurologic and psychiatric disorders. As part of the initiative, dental students and residents at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine rotate through the Center and actively participate in providing dental care.

Dental Clinic at Berkshire Medical Center (PDF, 327 KB)
The Dental Clinic at Berkshire Medical Center is located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The clinic runs an American Dental Association accredited dental residency program, the Berkshire Medical Center General Practice Residency Program in Dentistry. The clinic provides services including emergency care, screenings, scaling, root canals, oral surgery, and patient education. The clinic accepts all children and adults, regardless of ability to pay, and provides care to individuals with special needs, vocational rehabilitation clients, as well as individuals residing in nursing homes.

Dental Clinic at Lehigh Valley Hospital (PDF, 328 KB)
The Dental Clinic at Lehigh Valley Hospital is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Services include cleanings, fluoride treatments, fillings, extractions, root canals, and client education. The clinic treats children and adults at a reduced cost. Each year, the Dental Clinic provides free pediatric dental care through its participation in Give Kids a Smile Day. Staff from the Dental Clinic also operate a mobile dental clinic called Miles of Smiles, which provides dental care to approximately 11,000 children who lack access to these services.

Dental Lifeline Network (Dental HouseCalls and Campaign of Concern) (PDF, 336 KB)
The Dental Lifeline Network, established in 1974, operates a number of dental programs across the country that target low-income individuals with disabilities as well as older adults and individuals who are medically frail. One of the programs – Dental HouseCalls – is a portable dental service that offers basic and comprehensive services to individuals in residential settings and day programs. Another program – Bridge/Campaign of Concern – targets individuals with developmental disabilities. Services included in this program are screenings, referrals, and oral health education.

Dental Material Aid (PDF, 327 KB)
The Material Aid Dental Program, run by the Alpine Area Agency on Aging, is based in Silverthorne, Colorado. The program pays providers up to $500 per person for emergency, basic, and comprehensive services. The program treats low-income, older adults (ages 60 and older) without insurance who reside in five surrounding counties.

Dental OPTIONS (PDF, 361 KB)
The Dental OPTIONS (Ohio Partnership To Improve Oral health through access to Needed Services) program, established in 1997, aims to increase access to dental services among adults in Ohio. Through a partnership between the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Dental Association, the program connects individuals who need dental care with dentists. Participating dentists can choose to donate or discount care. The program focuses on low-income adults without insurance.

DentaQuest Oral Health Center (PDF, 326 KB)
DentaQuest Oral Health Center is located in Westborough, Massachusetts. The center was named the American Dental Association Preventive Practice of the Year in 2010. While the center focuses on prevention (including staff that are trained preventists), services include x-rays, fillings, dentures, bridges, crowns, root canals, orthodontics, and patient education. The program accepts children and adults, and offers payment plans to accommodate the needs of its clients.

Dentistry from the Heart (PDF, 326 KB)
Dentistry from the Heart, based in Florida, works to orchestrate global free dental care. The program depends on volunteer dentists, hygienists, and other volunteers in order to carry out its free dental events. The program estimates that each year, thousands of individuals receive three services: extractions, cleanings, and fillings. The program only accepts adults older than 18 and hosts events in all 50 states.

The Dentists’ Partnership (PDF, 737 KB) Promising Program
The Dentists’ Partnership in Battle Creek, Michigan provides free oral health care to low-income individuals without insurance in exchange for community service at local nonprofit organizations. The required number of service hours depends on the monetary value of the dental services needed by the individual, with one hour of service corresponding to $25 of dental treatment. This program allows both clients and dentists to give back, while allowing clients to gain new skills through their volunteer work.

Dientes Community Dental (PDF, 656 KB) Promising Program
Dientes Community Dental delivers affordable dental services to underserved populations of all ages in Santa Cruz County, California. The program works to combat two primary barriers to care – cost and transportation – by operating mobile facilities that visit schools, skilled nursing facilities, Head Start, and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) centers in Santa Cruz County. The program’s goal is to make prevention more common than treatment.

East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Centers (PDF, 306 KB)
The East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Centers operate in many locations across North Carolina. The purpose of these centers is two-fold: individuals who need dental care receive increased access to services and dental students receive clinical training. Services include cleanings, sealants, x-rays, extractions, fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, and root canals. The community service learning centers target individuals living in rural and underserved areas of North Carolina.

Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc. (PDF, 328 KB)
Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc., established in 1995, is a community-based clinic located in Huntington, West Virginia. Services include cleanings, fillings, extractions, and patient education. The clinic also provides prescription assistance through the Huntington Area Prescription Assistance Program. The organization targets underserved populations including low-income individuals, as well as the underinsured and individuals without insurance.

Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center (PDF, 718 KB) Promising Program
Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center (Kennedy CHC) is a nonprofit federally qualified health center that serves over 84 communities across Massachusetts. The Health Center utilizes a family practice model of care and provides a variety of services, including comprehensive medical, dental, behavioral health and specialty care, health education and nutritional counseling, and pharmacy services. As a federally qualified CHC, Kennedy CHC’s mission is to not only treat illness, but also to prevent it by promoting and maintaining health. Care is provided to anyone regardless of income, as dental services are provided on a sliding fee scale and to individuals who are covered by MassHealth (Medicaid), Medicare, or other types of commercial dental insurance.

Elder Dental Program (PDF, 705 KB) Promising Program
The Elder Dental Program is a community-based nonprofit program dedicated to helping low-income older adults access quality dental care at reduced costs. To qualify for this program, adults must be over the age of 60, lack dental insurance, live in the program’s service area, and have an annual income of up to 250% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Elder Smiles (PDF, 629 KB) Promising Program
The goal of Elder Smiles is to improve the oral health of older adults living in long-term care facilities by providing preventive oral health care, referrals for restorative care, and dental homes for ongoing care. For older adults without a dental home, Elder Smiles will provide the participant with a dental home in the community or a volunteer dentist that serves the facility. The Johnson County Health Department (JCHD) administers the program.

Elderly Oral Health Care Consulting, Inc. (PDF, 370 KB)
Elderly Oral Health Care Consulting, Inc. is located in Westland, Michigan. Services include screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, referrals, and education to patients, caregivers, and providers. The organization primarily offers oral health education to nursing home and assisted living facility staff members. This training covers topics such as common oral health problems that older adults experience, as well as tips and skills for providing daily care. Additionally, the organization operates a mobile service to provide basic services in residential settings for Medicaid beneficiaries. It targets low-income older adults, individuals with disabilities, and children.

ElderSmile (PDF, 707 KB) Promising Program
The ElderSmile program is designed to improve the oral health of older residents in northern Manhattan through outreach programs held at senior centers and other locations where seniors gather. Dental school faculty or staff deliver 20-minute health promotion presentations at the community locations while other staff and dental students provide support. Individuals are screened for three conditions: oral health and oral cancer, diabetes, and hypertension. Individuals requiring follow-up dental care are referred to their dentist or one of the Columbia University affiliated community-based dental treatment centers if they do not have a regular dentist. Transportation is arranged for dental and medical appointments for individuals requiring this assistance. The program services 51 sites in the Harlem and Washington Heights-Inwood communities for three to four hours at a time.

Elks Dental Care Program (PDF, 667 KB) Promising Program
Missouri's Elks Dental Care Program was established to serve the dental needs of children with physical disabilities and of children and adults with developmental and mental disabilities. Two mobile units serve multiple locations throughout the state.

Engaging AARP to Expand Community Partners That Address Oral Health with Their Stakeholders (PDF, 326 KB)
Engaging AARP to Expand Community Partners That Address Oral Health with Their Stakeholders is a strategy used in Washington state to engage older adults in conversations about oral health. The two major components of the program are teleconferences covering oral health education, and targeted mailers to certain geographic regions. This service is available to AARP members residing in Washington (ages 60 and older).

Engaging Community Health Centers in Increasing the Number of Older Adults They Serve (PDF, 326 KB)
Engaging Community Health Centers in Increasing the Number of Older Adults They Serve is a program based in the state of Washington. Through this program, the Washington Dental Service (WDS) Foundation works to support the Washington Association of Community and Migrant Health Centers (WACMHC) in addressing the needs of low-income individuals. One of the ways in which the WDS Foundation provides support is through the Dental Learning Network (DLN). The DLN, established in 2009, is a group of dental directors who collaborate quarterly. Meetings cover a variety of topics including changes in health policy, and allow open discussion and time for sharing best practices, strategies, and problem solving. The overall goal is to improve disease prevention, operations and financial sustainability.

Engaging Community Health Workers in Oral Health (PDF, 327 KB)
Engaging Community Health Workers in Oral Health, launched in 2015, is a 90 minute in-person training in oral health for community health workers (CHWs) based in the state of Washington, sponsored by the Washington Dental Service Foundation. In this course, CHWs learn to promote oral health and connect individuals to care.

Establishing Nonprofit Dental Clinics to Serve Seniors (PDF, 327 KB)
Washington Dental Service Foundation’s Establishing Nonprofit Dental Clinics to Serve Seniors program provides assistance and support to community leaders and existing clinics looking to offer or expand dental services. The program aims to increase access to care for underserved populations and older adults.

Families First Dental Center (PDF, 716 KB) Promising Program
Families First Dental Center provides adult and pediatric preventive, restorative, and emergency oral health care and education. Families First was among the first community health centers in New Hampshire to integrate dental services with primary care. The center has an electronic health record (EHR) that includes notes from medical providers, dentists, care coordinators, and other health care providers. The EHR measures quality of care, health outcomes, and utilization.

Family First Program (PDF, 316 KB)
The Family First program, established in 2010, is run by the Department of Community Dentistry at Case Western Reserve University. The program links families with dental students, providers, and limited free dental services. The program adopted nine families in 2010 and provided care to multiple generations in each family unit. Students are able to practice recently acquired skills such as risk assessment and evidence-based care. Services include screenings and provider education.

First Baptist Church - Pharmacy, Medical and Dental Clinic (PDF, 323 KB)
The First Baptist Church-Pharmacy, Medical and Dental Clinic is located in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Volunteer providers (dentists, doctors, nurses, and social workers) staff the clinic one evening per month and offer free services on a first-come, first-serve basis until the clinic runs out of supplies. Dental services include screenings, x-rays, extractions, and referrals. The clinic only accepts individuals without insurance.

Forsyth Dental Hygiene Clinic (PDF, 380 KB)
The Esther M. Wilkins Forsyth Dental Hygiene Clinic is located in Boston, Massachusetts and provides services that include screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, x-rays, and sealants. The clinic is staffed by dental hygiene students and professors from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University. The program provides services to children and adults at a reduced price, and Veterans receive free care.

Fort HealthCare Community Dental Clinic (PDF, 684 KB) Promising Program
The Fort HealthCare Community Dental Clinic provides discounted dental services to individuals in Jefferson County, Wisconsin with limited or no dental insurance. Fort HealthCare offers two unique financial aid options: a Self-Pay Discount, which is offered to individuals without health insurance or individuals receiving services not covered by specific programs, and a Community Care Program, which is reserved for individuals in need of medically necessary treatment who are unable to meet their financial responsibilities.

Friends of Calvert County Seniors Dental Program (PDF, 652 KB) Promising Program
The Friends of Calvert County Seniors (FCCS) Dental Program provides dental services to older adults with low incomes living in Calvert County, Maryland. This program provides access to and pays for older adults’ dental care, covering up to $2,000 in dental expenses. The FCCS Dental Program also provides other medical services, such as hearing assistance, prescriptions, emergency care, and eye care.

Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center (PDF, 337 KB)
The Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center is located in San Diego, California. The Dental Center will launch in spring 2016 and is co-located with the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center. The program provides comprehensive dental services that include screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions, crowns, bridges, dentures, scaling, oral surgery, root canals, referrals, care coordination, and patient education. The center specifically targets low-income older adults.

Geriatric Dental Group of South Texas (PDF, 334 KB)
The Geriatric Dental Group of South Texas, established in 2006, is located in San Antonio, Texas. Using portable equipment, the program’s dentists and dental hygienists treat older adults and individuals with complex medical conditions in nursing homes. The dental team provides bedside services in nursing homes as well as more complex procedures in a wheelchair-accessible dental office, which is also important for certain individuals, such as those with swallowing disorders. The program’s services include emergency care, basic care, and comprehensive care.

Give a Senior a Smile (PDF, 355 KB)
The Give a Senior a Smile program, based in Reno, Nevada, was modelled after the “Give Kids a Smile” day. It was sponsored by the American Dental Association and later became the Adopt-a-Vet program. Program partners included the Sanford Center for Aging Senior Outreach Services (SOS) and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) from the University of Nevada. Services included screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays, scaling, care coordination, referrals, and patient and caregiver education. The program targeted low-income, homebound older adults. In total, more than $30,000 worth of services were provided free of charge.

Golden Smiles Program (PDF, 353 KB)
The Golden Smiles Program at Truckee Meadows Community College operates in Reno, Nevada. Services provided include screenings, fluoride treatments, sealants, and scaling. Dental hygiene students and faculty also offer patient and caregiver education at housing projects for adults. The program targets low-income older adults (60 years and older) without insurance residing in Washoe County and has treated approximately 50 individuals since its inception.

Good Samaritan Center (PDF, 328 KB)
The Good Samaritan Center, established in 2004, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Fredericksburg, Texas. The center offers medical and dental services. For three days per week, volunteer dentists and hygienists provide the following on-site services: screenings, cleanings, fillings, extractions, and patient education. The center targets low-income populations, individuals without insurance, and underinsured individuals.

Good Shepherd Ministries Dental Clinic (PDF, 660 KB) Promising Program
Good Shepherd Ministries Medical and Dental Clinic is a comprehensive medical home that provides primary, medical, and dental care to uninsured Oklahomans of all ages. Volunteers and staff provide quality care to individuals without insurance who can otherwise not afford it. Services are primarily offered through appointments at the dental clinic. In addition to serving as a dental home for the medical clinic clients and their children, the clinic offers weekly free extraction nights open to the community.

Goodwin Dental Center (PDF, 338 KB)
Goodwin Dental Center, established in 2004, is located in Somersworth, New Hampshire. The dental clinic is part of a larger medical center that includes behavioral health services, family planning, nutrition counseling, and other programs for individuals with and without insurance. Dental services include screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, x-rays, fillings, extractions, crowns, dentures, root canals, care coordination, and client education. The dental center treats both children and adults, including low-income individuals who can apply for the sliding fee discount program. For insured individuals, they accept NH and ME Medicaid along with most private insurances. An emergency standby is available to established and non-established dental patients to receive immediate attention.

Hackensack University Medical Center, Center for Dentistry (PDF, 372 KB)
The Center for Dentistry at the Hackensack University Medical Center is located in Hackensack, New Jersey. The center participates in the Give Kids a Smile program as well as in Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Routine services include emergency care, screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions, scaling, crowns, bridges, dentures, root canals, oral surgery, orthodontics, referrals, and patient education. The clinic offers discounted services and accepts individuals without insurance and low-income individuals of all ages, regardless of specialized needs.

Harris Health System Health Care for the Homeless Program (PDF, 678 KB) Promising Program
The Harris Health System Health Care for the Homeless Program provides dental care and other preventive and primary health care services to homeless individuals in Houston, Texas. This program operates multiple shelter-based clinics and mobile units to improve the health of the homeless population in Houston and engage them in health promotion and prevention activities.

Health Care for the Homeless (PDF, 330 KB)
Health Care for the Homeless, established in 1985, is a community-based clinic with multiple locations throughout Maryland that provide comprehensive dental, medical, and behavioral health services to homeless individuals. The program’s dental services include screenings, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings, extractions, dentures, crowns, bridges, oral surgery, root canals, referrals, and patient and caregiver education. The clinic accepts children and adults and was the first comprehensive dental program in Maryland to target homeless populations.

Healthy Seniors Dental/Nursing Home Dental Care (PDF, 326 KB)
Nursing Home Dental Care, established in 1997 and also referred to as Healthy Seniors Dental, operates in Florida, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. The program began as a collaboration between dentists and residential care facilities as a way to improve the oral health of older adults and long term care residents. Services include emergency, basic, and comprehensive care, including dentures.

Hillcrest Dental Care, Inc. (PDF, 366 KB)
Hillcrest Dental Care, Inc., established in 1985, is located in Pittsfield and North Adams, Massachusetts. Services include screenings, cleanings, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions, crowns, dentures, scaling, root canals, and oral surgery. The clinic accepts adults and children and focuses on treating low-income individuals as well as on Medicaid beneficiaries and individuals with special needs. Hillcrest Dental Care is the largest dental provider in the Berkshires for low-income individuals, Medicaid beneficiaries, and those with special needs. To accommodate the needs of its clients, the clinic accepts all insurance plans and offers no-interest payment plans.

HIV Alliance Dental Case Management (PDF, 368 KB)
The HIV Alliance, established in 1985, offers assistance with dental services provided to HIV positive clients through the partnership between HIV Alliance and Lane Community College Dental Clinic in Eugene, Oregon with satellite clinics in Medford, Oregon. Services include emergency care, cleanings, fillings, extractions, dentures, bridges, crowns, root canals, care coordination, and referrals. The HIV Alliance targets low-income individuals living with HIV who are underinsured or who lack insurance. If eligible, individuals can receive travel assistance and benefit from dental case management services to ensure proper appointment scheduling and treatment plans.

Holland Free Clinic (PDF, 331 KB)
The Holland Free Health Clinic, established in 2002, is located in Holland, Michigan. The clinic operates the first free dental clinic in the county. Services, provided by volunteer staff at the clinic or in private dental offices, include cleanings, fillings, extractions, scaling, oral surgery, referrals, and patient and caregiver education. The clinic targets low-income populations, individuals without insurance, Medicaid and Healthy Michigan enrollees, homeless individuals, and individuals with disabilities.

Homebound Program (PDF, 324 KB)
The New Jersey Dental Association operates the Homebound Program with the aim of improving access to dental care. The program connects homebound individuals and caregivers with local dentists who conduct house calls.

Hygienist Recommended (PDF, 366 KB)
Hygienist Recommended is a nonprofit organization located in Oakland County, Michigan. The organization offers mobile dental services all over Michigan to treat individuals in settings such as private residences, residential facilities, and schools. Services include oral screenings and dental exams, teeth cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions, denture care, referrals, and patient and caregiver education. The program treats individuals of all ages, as well as those with special needs or disabilities.

I-Smile Silver Pilot Project (PDF, 333 KB)
The I-Smile Silver project, established in 2014, has two pilot programs in Lee and Scott counties, Iowa. One program coordinator per county works to build and improve local systems. Services include referrals and patient and caregiver education. The program aims to improve oral health among older adults (60 years and older), and provides support and education for nursing homes, the Medicaid Elderly Waiver program, and caregivers.

Idaho State University Dental Hygiene Clinic (PDF, 327 KB)
The Arthur D. Tranmer Dental Hygiene Clinic is part of Idaho State University and serves as a way for dental hygiene students to gain clinical experience. Services include screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays, fillings, scaling, and patient education. As the clinic cannot perform all services, such as root canal therapy or periodontal surgery, referrals are often made to a dentist outside the clinic. The clinic treats individuals of all ages and is only open during the school year.

IDC In-Home Dental/Nursing Home and Assisted Living Program (PDF, 370 KB)
Individualized, Dedicated & Committed, Inc. (IDC), established in 1981, is based in Washington, District of Columbia. The system brings the dentist’s office to the client by traveling to homes, offices, prisons, nursing homes, and other assisted living facilities. Services include 24/7 emergency services, screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions, crowns, bridges, dentures, scaling, oral surgery, root canals, referrals, and caregiver education. The system also specializes in coordinating care among an individual’s other dentists and physicians. IDC treats individuals of all ages.

Interfaith Dental Clinic (PDF, 328 KB)
The Interfaith Dental Clinic, established in 1994, has locations in Nashville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Services include emergency care, screenings, cleanings, fillings, extractions, crowns, root canals, partials, care coordination, and patient education. The clinic targets low-income adults and children without insurance, particularly working families and older adults. Volunteers, dental students, and volunteer dentists provide services for the clinic.

Iowa Dental Elderly Access (IDEA) (PDF, 325 KB)
The Iowa Dental Elderly Access program (IDEA) is one of the Iowa Dental Association’s many community services. Volunteer dentists offer services (such as screenings and cleanings) at reduced prices or no cost to low-income older adults.

Jackson Free Clinic (PDF, 334 KB)
The Jackson Free Clinic (JFC), launched in 2000, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation located in Jackson, Mississippi. Twice per month, dentists and dental students offer the following dental services: screenings, x-rays, extractions, basic restorations, referrals, and patient education. The clinic also offers medical care as well as other services. JFC targets low-income individuals without insurance, as well as homeless populations.

Lantern Medical Clinic (PDF, 360 KB)
Lantern Medical Clinic is a faith-based, nonprofit organization located in Pearl, Mississippi. The clinic targets low-income employed adults (ages 18 and older) without insurance. It operates in the evening and relies on volunteer staff; medical services are offered four nights per week and dental and specialty services are offered two nights per week.

Lifelong Dental Care (PDF, 658 KB) Promising Program
LifeLong Dental Care is a nonprofit community clinic that provides services to individuals of all ages in two counties in California. LifeLong Dental Care is part of a larger community health organization, LifeLong Medical Care. In addition to providing services at two clinics, the program offers mobile dental services for the homeless by addressing their dental needs in the mobile van and inviting them to be treated at the clinic if additional care is needed. The clinic also holds free dental days for children and adults on designated weekends throughout the year and provides care at two school-based dental clinics and two school-oriented dental vans.

Lincoln Community Health Center (PDF, 355 KB)
Lincoln Community Health Center, established in 1971, is a federally qualified health center located in Durham, North Carolina. It offers the following dental services: emergency care, screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions, oral surgery, and patient education. The health center targets underserved populations.

Louisiana Smiles for Life Program (PDF, 326 KB)
The Louisiana Smiles for Life Program is an education-based program for independent older adults, and is supported by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Oral Health Program (OHP) and the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs (GOEA). The program was developed as a part of the Louisiana Oral Health Coalition’s Oral Health for the Elderly Task Force and was a collaborative effort between the OHP, the GOEA, and the Capital Area Agency on Aging to address the educational needs of individuals participating in Councils on Aging (COA) congregate meals program. The program manual includes information on how to get the Louisiana Smiles for Life Program started in local settings such as meal sites and senior clubs. Lesson plans focus on nutrition, denture care, and the overall importance of oral health and hygiene.

Lucy Corr Dental Clinic (PDF, 373 KB)
Lucy Corr Dental Clinic, established in 1970 and located in Chesterfield, Virginia, is part of Lucy Corr Village, a continuing care retirement community. The Dental Clinic, in partnership with the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, serves as a preceptor site for the rotation of dental and dental hygiene students. Volunteer dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants provide services free of charge to underinsured and uninsured geriatric patients. Services offered include screenings, cleanings, periodontal care, fillings, extractions, dentures and partials, care coordination (scheduling appointments), and oral health education. Additionally, the clinic arranges screenings and oral health education at partnering geriatric programs, where individuals seen at different program sites receive support in scheduling appointments at the Lucy Corr Dental Clinic. The Dental Clinic treats older adults (65 years and older), including Lucy Corr Village residents.

Manos de Cristo Dental Center (PDF, 673 KB) Promising Program
The Manos de Cristo Dental Center is a low-fee, bilingual, nonprofit dental center in Austin that provides high-quality services to children, adults, and seniors. The organization is committed to empowering low-income individuals by promoting dignity and self-reliance.

Marion County Community Partnerships - Hampton Dental Clinic (PDF, 638 KB) Promising Program
The Hampton Dental Clinic was created through a partnership between the Florida Department of Health in Marion County and the College of Central Florida. The clinic provides care to low-income residents of Marion County, Florida and provides clinical training for the College of Central Florida students enrolled in the Dental Assisting program. This partnership works with a number of community organizations to promote oral health by improving access and focusing on preventive care.

Marquette University Community Dental Clinics (PDF, 363 KB)
Marquette University School of Dentistry operates two dental clinics in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The program reaches approximately 20,000 individuals each year, including nearly 7,000 Medicaid beneficiaries. Supervised dental students offer services including extractions, root canals, and fillings. The program serves individuals of all ages and targets individuals with low-income or those without insurance.

Max W. Pohle Dental Clinic (PDF, 351 KB)
The Max W. Pohle Dental Clinic, established in 1977 and closed in 2015, was based in Madison, Wisconsin at Meriter Hospital. The clinic provided screenings, cleanings, fillings, extractions, dentures, and root canals for low-income and disabled individuals. The clinic specialized in providing sedative dental care to those with developmental disabilities. It saw approximately 1,800 people, with five percent requiring sedation.

Medical Dental Collaboration (PDF, 384 KB)
The Medical Dental Collaboration initiative engages health care delivery systems in implementing oral health preventive services. This program is run by the Washington Dental Service (WDS) Foundation. The program targets primary care medical providers serving patients at particular risk for complications related to oral disease, including children, older adults, people with diabetes, and pregnant women. The program's goal is to catch oral disease earlier by providing oral health preventive services during well visits to primary care. These services include (but are not limited to) risk assessment for oral disease, screening for signs of oral disease, client education, and referrals to dentist offices. The program provides oral health clinical training for primary care teams, support for workflow optimization, resources such as client education materials, and assistance developing referral relationships with dental providers.

Metrolina Dental Hygiene Society Florence Crittenton Oral Health Education Project (PDF, 327 KB)
The Metrolina Dental Hygiene Society (MDHS) Florence Crittenton Oral Health Education Project, established in 2005, targets pregnant women in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dental hygienists from MDHS teach two classes on prenatal and pediatric oral health. Classes are held at Florence Crittenton Services, a nonprofit organization which offers a variety of services to at-risk or pregnant adolescents and women and their families. Participants also receive dental care products for children and adults.

Midtown Community Health Center (PDF, 365 KB)
The Midtown Community Health Center, established in 1994, is a nonprofit organization that offers medical, dental, behavioral health, and pharmacy services in Ogden and Clearfield, Utah. The health center treats nearly 30,000 individuals each year in Northern Utah. Dental services include extractions, fillings, crowns, dentures, and root canals. The health center aims to treat underserved individuals of all ages and offers a sliding fee scale to accommodate the needs of these clients.

The Mighty Mouth: Social Marketing Campaign to Improve Oral Health of Older Adults (PDF, 325 KB)
The Mighty Mouth Social Marketing Campaign to Improve Oral Health of Older Adults launched in 2014 in the state of Washington. Sponsored by the Washington Dental Service Foundation, the educational campaign uses social media, local media (earned and paid), a website, partnerships, and events to improve the oral health of adults (ages 25 and older). The goals of the campaign are to improve the oral health of older adults and increase awareness about the importance of planning for oral care in retirement (since Medicare does not include dental benefits).

Mind Your Mouth Campaign (PDF, 365 KB)
The Mind Your Mouth campaign, established in 2011, is based in the state of Washington. The Washington Dental Service Foundation runs the campaign. The foundation, with the help of partners, uses a variety of dissemination techniques, such as local media, direct mailings, and teleconferences, to provide oral health education on dry mouth. For example, the program sent an educational mailer to approximately 400,000 low-income households that included a coupon for dry mouth products. It also hosted an educational teleconference that had 14,000 attendees. The campaign targets older adults, caregivers, pharmacists, and providers who treat older adults.

Miramar Senior Center Dental Program (PDF, 316 KB)
The Miramar Senior Center Dental Program was located inside the Miramar Senior Center in Miramar, Florida. The program was supported through a partnership with Nova Southeastern University's Dental School and lasted for nearly one year. Doctoral students, supervised by faculty, saw 20 individuals per day. Under the program, students were able to fulfill a curriculum work requirement and individuals, who may have otherwise lacked access to care, received easily accessible on-site care. Free services included screenings, fluoride treatments, x-rays, fillings, extractions, and client education.

Mission of Mercy (PDF, 634 KB) Promising Program
Mission of Mercy is a nonprofit, faith-based community organization that provides free health care to individuals who are economically disadvantaged and have difficulty accessing services. The program’s mission is to restore dignity and provide free health care, dental care, and prescription medications to those without insurance, as well as to low-income and homeless populations. The Maryland/Pennsylvania service location, profiled here, is the only Mission of Mercy service location that offers dental services in addition to medical services. The program partners with churches in the service area and a mobile van visits these locations. Health and dental services are provided on the van by a volunteer team of licensed medical and dental professionals.

The Missions of Mercy (MOM) Project (PDF, 686 KB) Promising Program
The Missions of Mercy (MOM) Project, originating in Virginia, operates mobile clinics in strategic locations across Virginia, providing preventive, restorative, and surgical dental treatments to more than 4,000 low-income individuals each year. These two- or three-day events take place in locations that are easily accessible to all populations, such as churches, schools, and fairgrounds. The program targets geographic areas with a high, unmet need for dental care.

MobileSmiles (PDF, 366 KB)
MobileSmiles, established in 2006, operates out of Oklahoma. The program offers two mobile service programs. The first program, the Educational Screening Program, offers screenings and educational services. The second program, Mobile Unit Visits, provides education and dental services including screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings, extractions, and referrals. MobileSmiles targets individuals who lack access to dental care.

Montgomery County Dental Services (PDF, 328 KB)
Montgomery County Dental Services is located in Rockville, Maryland. Services offered at six local dental clinics include emergency care, screenings, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings, extractions, oral surgery, scaling, root canals, referrals, and patient and caregiver education. The program focuses on underserved, low-income Montgomery County residents who are underinsured or who lack insurance.

MOTIVATE Education Initiative (PDF, 365 KB)
Lunder-Dineen is in the process of developing the MOTIVATE education program to improve oral health care. The MOTIVATE acronym stands for Maine’s Oral Team-Based Initiative: Vital Access to Education. The goal is to improve the quality of oral health care and preserve the dignity and quality of life for older adults in long-term care settings in Maine. MOTIVATE provides a 21st-century, educational model that will expand oral health knowledge, skills, and practice for interprofessional healthcare providers in the long-term care setting. Led by a team of thought leaders and statewide stakeholders, the organization is conducting a needs assessment in collaboration with Maine Veterans’ Homes, the pilot site for this program. Based on the assessment, Lunder-Dineen will work closely with the advisory team to develop a blended learning model to address the gaps in oral health education.

Mouth Care Without a Battle (PDF, 333 KB)
Mouth Care Without a Battle©, launched in 2012, was developed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The service includes caregiver education in the form of DVD and/or in-person training. The program targets caregivers of the cognitively and physically impaired as well as staff in facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

My Community Dental Centers, Inc. (PDF, 665 KB) Promising Program
My Community Dental Centers, Inc. (MCDC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing dental services to Medicaid enrollees and low-income residents who lack insurance throughout the state of Michigan. The mission of MCDC is to create and expand access to quality dental care and meet the individual needs of patients through personalized care. MCDC is committed to continuous quality improvement with a “patient first” perspective.

Naugatuck Senior Center - Older Adult Oral Health Screening (PDF, 354 KB)
The Naugatuck Senior Health and Wellness Clinic and Screening, co-hosted by the Naugatuck Senior Center, is located in Naugatuck, Connecticut. Dental hygienists provide basic services including screenings and client education. The center also distributes gift bags with dental care products and educational materials. A variety of other services such as leg vein screenings and osteoporosis screenings are provided to older adults as well as their families.

Navajo Area Agency on Aging Health Education Program (PDF, 314 KB)
The Navajo Area Agency on Aging (NAAA) oversees more than 80 senior centers on the Navajo Nation. As part of the Health Education Program, services include dentures (made possible by funds from the Navajo Nation), referrals, and patient education. The program targets older adults, and most oral health education reaches those who participate in activities and eat meals offered at the senior centers.

Nemours SeniorCare (PDF, 365 KB)
Nemours SeniorCare, founded in 1981, is located in Milford and Wilmington, Delaware. The clinic offers medical services to low-income older adults, including vision, hearing, and dental services. Dental services include screenings, cleanings, x-rays, fillings, extractions, dentures, and root canals. Adults ages 65 or older who have low incomes (must meet income requirements) and live in Delaware are eligible to participate in this program. Since its inception, Nemours SeniorCare has treated thousands of Delaware’s older adults for little or no cost. The clinic receives its funding from the Alfred I. duPont Testamentary Trust, which focuses on bringing medical care to older adults in Delaware.

NH Seniors Centered on Oral Health Project (PDF, 315 KB)
The Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services and the Division of Public Health Services Oral Health Program launched the NH Seniors Centered on Oral Health Project in 2010. The project included various phases included data collection, screenings, and referrals to dental practices. Individuals could receive up to $1,000 per person to cover the cost of emergency care through Title III-D funding.

NJDA Senior-Dent Program (PDF, 324 KB)
The New Jersey Dental Association Senior-Dent Program operates out of North Brunswick, New Jersey and provides a discount (minimum 15 percent reduction) on dental care to approved applicants for services at participating providers’ offices. The program targets low-income older adults (ages 65 and older) without insurance. Individuals must also have a Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled card.

Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. (PDF, 372 KB)
NorthEast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services (NEON) is a nonprofit federally qualified health center network of seven community health centers located in Cleveland, Ohio and East Cleveland, Ohio. Dental services are provided at five of the health center facilities. Services include exams, x-rays, cleanings, fluoride varnish treatments, sealants, fillings, extractions, root canals, crowns, bridges, partials, and dentures. NEON employs eight dentists and an oral surgeon. Two registered dental hygienists and dental assistants complete the NEON dental care team. NEON also provides comprehensive health care, including adult medicine, family medicine, optometry, podiatry, lab, x-ray, nutrition, pharmacy and behavioral health care. NEON accepts Medicaid and the Ohio Medicaid Managed Care Plans, most commercial dental insurance plans, and several Medicare Supplemental and Medicare Advantage plans. Patients without insurance are accepted through a sliding fee scale plan. The health center facilities are located and accessible by public transportation.

Ohio State University Appalachian Geriatric Dental Program (PDF, 656 KB) Promising Program
The Ohio State University (OSU) Appalachian Geriatric Dental Program, which operated from 2000 to 2012, provided dental services to older adults in the Appalachian Region two times per month. The program provided on-site dental services at locations in Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton counties in Ohio by transporting mobile dental equipment from OSU for each visit. Individuals in need of more extensive dental care were treated at the OSU Geriatric Dental Clinic in Columbus, Ohio.

OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc. (PDF, 365 KB)
OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc., established in 1970, is a federally qualified health center based in Omaha, Nebraska. Services include emergency care, screenings, cleanings, x-rays, fillings, extractions, and root canals. The center targets low-income children and adults. It also partners with Ronald McDonald Charities—Omaha to operate a mobile dental service that reaches children in school settings.

Online Oral Health Courses for Home Care Aides (PDF, 367 KB)
The Online Oral Health Courses for Home Care Aides, established in 2012, is based in the state of Washington. The Washington Dental Service Foundation and Service Employees International Union’s Training Partnership collaborated to create this educational opportunity. It consists of three one-hour online courses on basic oral health, caring for dentures, and gaining client cooperation for oral care aim in order to improve oral health among older adults. Since the program’s inception, the courses have been downloaded nearly 60,000 times for completion by home care aides. All courses are approved by the State of Washington and can be used to fulfill Home Care Aides annual 12-hours of mandatory continuing education.

Oral Health Equity Project (PDF, 355 KB)
The Oral Health Equity Project, established in 2002, is a portable dental service program located in Boston, Massachusetts. Services include screenings, fluoride treatments, care coordination, and patient education. The program was featured in the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Model Practice Database. It treats low-income older adults (60 years and older) in public housing and also expanded its efforts to private housing establishments after discovering a need in these settings. The program has found that individuals from these locations generally have not seen a dentist in years and on-site screenings provide an easy way to reach older adults who may not have the means to travel to a dentist. Dentists and dental students from surrounding dental schools provide the services.

Oral Health for Caregivers (PDF, 364 KB)
Oral Health for Caregivers is a training curriculum developed by the Washington Dental Service Foundation. It is targeted at those who care for older adults and provides oral health information. The program introduces oral health prevention in an easy-to-understand format that can be used to educate caregivers. The curriculum provides a high-quality Continuing Education learning opportunity. The training is free in Washington for Home Care Aides, Adult Family Home providers, and caregivers for adults with developmental disabilities.

Oral Health Improvement through Outreach (PDF, 377 KB)
The OHIO (Oral Health Improvement through Outreach) Project allows senior dental students to spend 50 days providing dental care in several of 23 affiliated community clinics throughout Ohio under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist. Students are exposed to multiple dental technologies, observe various practice management models, practice four-handed dentistry, and increase their speed and confidence all while serving a community in need of affordable care. The OHIO Project has produced outcomes benefiting both Ohioans in need of dental care and the next generation of dental professionals by building stronger partnerships with underserved communities. The program also enhances a community service ethic and social responsibility within its students. It aims to equip future dentists with community-oriented competencies necessary to practice in a changing health care environment.

Oral Health Prevention Program (PDF, 326 KB)
The Oral Health Prevention Program, run by Visiting Dental Hygienist, LLC and funded by the Area Agency on Aging Coastline Elderly Services, Inc. (CESI), is located in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Services, including oral and dental screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, referrals, and patient education, are offered by a mobile unit in residential areas and Council on Aging Centers. The program targets older adults (60 and older) without dental insurance.

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Dental Clinic (PDF, 720 KB) Promising Program
Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Dental Clinic provides free comprehensive dental care and oral health education to participants who lack insurance or the means to pay for services. Our Lady of Mercy operates as a nonprofit and supports self-sufficiency and self-worth in the community through education, wellness, and outreach services.

Outreach Dentistry (PDF, 324 KB)
Outreach Dentistry was founded in 1992 and provides mobile and portable comprehensive dental services, including full examinations, preventive services, and more intensive surgical and prosthetic procedures to vulnerable adult and child populations throughout Louisiana. Care is provided by two dentists, two dental hygienists, one clinical assistant, three office staff members, and a dental director at each nursing facility. In 2008, the practice expanded to treat children from low-income families in school-based settings. The program provides services to individuals who are covered by Louisiana Medicaid or provides care free of charge.

Partnering with Area Agencies on Aging to Promote Oral Health (PDF, 327 KB)
Partnering with Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) to Promote Oral Health aims to integrate oral health into existing AAA programs and services. For example, the program offers oral health education and training for case managers and encourages additional oral health questions during client assessment. It also provides tools and resources to promote oral health in meal programs, chronic disease support groups, and through print and digital media.

Portable Dental Services (PDF, 367 KB)
Portable Dental Services operates in several counties across Michigan and provides services in a permanent dental office as well as private residences, long-term care facilities, group homes, and rehabilitation centers. Services include screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions, scaling, crowns, bridges, dentures, root canals, oral surgery, referrals, and patient and caregiver education. This program provides dental services to homebound individuals with health problems such as dementia, Muscular Dystrophy, lymphedema, Cerebral Palsy, agoraphobia, anxiety, and brain trauma.

Presbyterian Medical Services (PDF, 330 KB)
Presbyterian Medical Services, established in 1901, is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico and has approximately 100 programs throughout the state. Services include screenings, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings, extractions, scaling, oral surgery, crowns, bridges, dentures, root canals, and patient and caregiver education. Clinic sites are usually co-located with a primary care health center that provides comprehensive health care to the client. The clinic treats everyone, including low-income populations and individuals without insurance, and provides assistance with enrollment in either Medicaid or the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Prince William Area Free Clinic (PDF, 327 KB)
The Prince William Area Free Clinic is located in Woodbridge, Virginia and provides fillings and simple extractions to low-income populations and individuals without insurance. In 2014, the clinic provided 229 dental visits to its community members.

Pro Bono Dental Program for Holocaust Survivors (PDF, 331 KB)
The Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) – Alpha Omega – Maimonides Dental Program for Holocaust Survivors, launched in 2011 in the Washington, D.C. area. JSSA provides pro bono dental treatment for low-income survivors of the Holocaust who are receiving Claims Conference grant-subsidized services from JSSA. Alpha Omega/Maimonides volunteer dentists and partner dental labs provide the following services: oral examinations, cleanings, fillings, extractions, oral surgery, dentures, crowns, bridges, scaling, root canals, and referrals.

Program for Refugee Oral Health (PDF, 634 KB) Promising Program
The Program for Refugee Oral Health aims to increase oral health literacy and access to dental services among refugees and asylum seekers resettled in Massachusetts regardless of their legal status. The program provides free screenings, referrals for urgent and preventive care, culturally appropriate oral health education, and training for medical practitioners. It focuses on incorporating culturally sensitive oral health screening into medical examinations to increase an individual’s comfort level with dental care.

Project Renewal Health Services (PDF, 686 KB) Promising Program
Project Renewal’s Fort Washington Dental Clinic offers a full range of preventive, ongoing, and emergency oral health care services for homeless and indigent individuals in New York, New York, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. The clinic integrates oral health care within the primary care clinic at the Fort Washington Program Shelter in Manhattan. The program works in partnership with Columbia University’s School of Dental and Oral Surgery. Through street outreach and relationships with primary care patients, the clinic is able to find individuals who need dental care, provide transportation to the clinic, and encourage follow-up care.

Project Smiles Dental Clinic (PDF, 403 KB)
Project Smiles Dental Clinic, established in 2010, is part of the Cathedral Kitchen, a nonprofit organization located in Camden, New Jersey. Volunteer dental staff members provide free services in the clinic two days per week. Services include screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions, bridges, root canals, oral surgery, referrals, and patient education. The clinic also provides crowns and dentures at a reduced price. It targets low-income populations and individuals without insurance and treats hundreds of individuals each year.

Public Health Dental Hygienists (Limited Access Permit) (PDF, 319 KB)
Limited Access Permits, established in 2003, are available to dental hygienists in the state of Montana. Providers with permits can work in a variety of public health settings, such as assisted living facilities and nursing homes, and may work without a supervising dentist. Services include screenings, fluoride treatments, sealants, scaling/root planing and patient and caregiver education. The program targets many populations, including low-income individuals and individuals with disabilities.

Remote Area Medical (PDF, 328 KB)
Remote Area Medical (RAM), established in 1985, is located in Rockford, Tennessee. RAM offers medical, vision, and dental care using portable equipment. Volunteers provide services in a variety of settings including fairgrounds and schools. In 2015, RAM volunteers treated nearly 30,000 individuals. Dental services include screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings, extractions, scaling, oral surgery, and patient education. The clinic accepts all individuals on a first-come, first-serve basis.

ResiDental, LLC (PDF, 322 KB)
ResiDental, LLC is based in Spartanburg, South Carolina and offers portable dental hygiene services to older adults in nursing homes in upstate South Carolina. Services include screenings, professional cleanings, fluoride treatments, and caregiver and provider education. Dental hygienists work with staff members in long-term care facilities to identify oral health problems and advocate for and implement improved oral health practices.

Rice Regional Dental Clinic (PDF, 326 KB)
The Rice Regional Dental Clinic is located in Willmar, Minnesota and operates as a partnership between Rice Memorial Hospital and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dental and dental hygiene students, under supervision of a faculty member, provide individuals in twelve counties with basic oral health services and patient education. The Rice Regional Dental Clinic targets rural and underserved populations of all ages.

Rockville Nursing Home LTC Pilot Project (PDF, 350 KB)
The Rockville Nursing Home Long-Term Care Pilot Project was established in 2014. It targets older adults living in nursing homes and is staffed by volunteer dental professionals trained in geriatric dental care. The pilot program hopes to increase the presence of dental professionals in long-term care facilities. Specific services include screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, denture repairs, and patient and caregiver education.

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile (PDF, 325 KB)
The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program provides mobile health services to children around the world. The program focuses on providing preventive dental services, as well as oral health education, treatment, and referrals. Outside of its dental services, the program offers a wide variety of general health services ranging from immunizations to ophthalmology, tailored to individual community needs.

Saban Community Clinic (PDF, 327 KB)
Saban Community Clinic, established in 1967, is located in Los Angeles, California. Services include screenings, cleanings, x-rays, fillings, extractions, care coordination, and client education. The clinic also collaborates with the School of Dentistry at University of California, Los Angeles to provide dentures for those in need. The clinic treats people of all ages and is part of a larger medical home that provides comprehensive health care to underserved populations through medical services, behavioral health services, and social services.

San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic (PDF, 698 KB) Promising Program
The San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic (SACDC) provides a wide range of dental services to low-income and homeless individuals in San Antonio and Bexar County through volunteer support. The clinic also offers dental care to members of Haven for Hope, a local organization that helps individuals experiencing homelessness. The SACDC’s Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) training program is a free, 15-week course that aims to prepare students for certification via the State of Texas Dental Assistant Course Exam.

San Ysidro Health Center (PDF, 330 KB)
San Ysidro Health Center offers dental services in San Diego and San Ysidro, California. Services include screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays, fillings, crowns, extractions, dentures, root canals, referrals, and patient education. The center treats children and adults at its two locations, and conducts outreach at preschools, elementary schools, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition centers, and public housing sites. The center also provides comprehensive dental services for children and adults with special medical and/or behavioral health needs.

Scenic Bluffs Dental Clinic (PDF, 367 KB)
Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers (CHCs), founded in 1993, is a nonprofit organization and recognized patient centered medical home (Level 3). Scenic Bluffs CHCs are located in Cashton and Viroqua, Wisconsin. The organization offers a variety of services including medical and behavioral health care, dental care, and chiropractic services. Dentists and dental hygienists from the center’s dental department provide emergency, basic, and comprehensive care. The center targets low-income children and adults with an additional focus on specific populations such as isolated older adults. Scenic Bluffs CHCs offer a sliding fee scale to meet the needs of its clients.

School Based Dental Prevention Program (PDF, 327 KB)
The Tennessee School Based Dental Prevention Program, established in 2001, operates throughout the state. Dental staff members use portable equipment to provide services such as screenings, sealants, referrals, and patient and caregiver education. The program targets low-income kindergarten through eighth grade students. Dental staff members also provide information about TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program, and general health education.

Senior Dental Care (PDF, 321 KB)
The Senior Dental Care Program operates across Pennsylvania. The program aims to connect older adults with low-cost dental care. Participating dentists offer discounts on services such as screenings and cleanings (minimum of 15 percent reduction). The program serves low-income older adults (ages 65 and older) without insurance.

Senior Dental Days (PDF, 695 KB) Promising Program
Senior Dental Days, organized by the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM), is an annual event that serves low-income older adults in Grand Rapids, Michigan and the surrounding areas. AAAWM works with nonprofit agencies to identify and invite older adults based on financial need. Participants receive free dental cleanings, x-rays, screenings, and referrals to a permanent dental home. The events are staffed by volunteer dental students, dental school faculty, dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants.

Senior Dental Health Program (PDF, 363 KB)
The Senior Dental Health Program, on hold until July 2016, was operated by the Wyoming Department of Health and provided 75 percent of dental provider’s fees for low-income older adults (65 years and older) in the state. Individuals who submitted an application and were approved by the Oral Health Program were only responsible for the remaining 25 percent of the dental provider’s fees. The maximum benefit was $800 in any calendar year when funds were available. As of March 2016, this program was undergoing a major reconstruction and transitioning to the Wyoming Department of Health’s Aging Division.

Senior Mobile Dental (PDF, 698 KB) Promising Program
Senior Mobile Dental is a nonprofit organization focused on providing dental hygiene services to older adults. The organization aims to promote the importance of oral health and prevent many of the diseases that result from poor oral hygiene.

Senior Smiles (PDF, 399 KB)
The Senior Smiles program operates in Baltimore County, Maryland. The Department of Aging and the Community College of Baltimore County Dental School collaborate to run the program. It focuses on prevention and provides free services that include screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays, referrals, and patient education. The program also provides transportation to and from senior centers in Baltimore County at a minimal cost ($6 per roundtrip). The program targets older adults (60 years and older).

Senior Smiles (ADA) (PDF, 367 KB)
The Senior Smiles program was launched by the Alliance of the American Dental Association in 2006. This oral health education and awareness program reaches older adults in 35 states. The program’s education efforts focus on the importance of good oral health and hygiene, and the program provides educational materials and dental health products in kits. The program has distributed nearly 40,000 kits to older adults around the country.

Smile Alabama! (PDF, 350 KB)
The Smile Alabama! Initiative, which was funded from 2000 to 2004, was an education and outreach program designed to increase dental care access and improve outcomes for Medicaid-eligible children. The main components of the program included provider education and reimbursement, dental reimbursement, parent education, and claims processing assistance. The program was designed to support providers and increase their participation in child dental care in Alabama, as well as encourage positive behaviors among parents, such as bringing their children in for early care and keeping appointments.

Smiles for Life Senior Dental Access Program (PDF, 674 KB) Promising Program
Smiles for Life is a preventive oral health program that provides lower-income older adults without health insurance an affordable alternative for routine oral health services and connects them to comprehensive dental care. Participants receive free head, neck, and oral health screenings, as well as free classes such as “Oral Health Care for Older Adults” and “Becoming a Savvy Health Care Consumer.” Dental cleanings and fluoride applications are available at a low cost.

Smiles for Seniors (PDF, 519 KB)
Smiles for Seniors, established in 2005 and ended in 2016, was an educational program for caregivers of older adults and those who had lost strength and mobility. It was based in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio Dental Association ran the program, which offered free materials that covered daily oral health maintenance as well as common oral issues and needs. Dentists also visited nursing homes and adult day care facilities to provide educational presentations.

Smiles on Wheels (PDF, 366 KB)
Smiles on Wheels, established in 2007, is a nonprofit organization in Michigan that focuses on providing preventive oral health care services in non-traditional environments. This program provides mobile dental services in a variety of settings such as at schools, health fairs, community events, Head Start centers, WIC offices, and daycare centers. Services offered include screenings, cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments, x-rays, referrals, and oral health education. Further, free dental sealants are provided to children in first, second, sixth, and seventh grades to combat tooth decay. The program targets children and adults who lack a dental home.

Spanish Catholic Center Dental Program (PDF, 658 KB) Promising Program
The Spanish Catholic Center is a social ministry outreach program operated by the Catholic Charities of Washington, DC. The program provides preventive, diagnostic, emergency, and restorative oral health care to Latino and immigrant adults and children who are underinsured or lack insurance.

St. Francis Mobile Dental Service (PDF, 336 KB)
The St. Francis Mobile Dental Service, established in 1972, provides portable services in Baltimore, Maryland. The program brings its dental equipment to individuals’ homes and provides a range of services that include screenings, cleanings, x-rays, fillings, extractions, crowns, bridges, dentures, root canals, oral surgery, and orthodontics. The program treats homebound individuals of all ages and targets older adults with developmental or cognitive disabilities who live within 20 miles of the Baltimore city limits. Dental workers at this clinic are trained in treating the unique dental problems of older adults and individuals with disabilities.

Stedman Family Dental Center (PDF, 328 KB)
Stedman Family Dental Center is part of Stedman-Wade Health Services, Inc., a community health center established in 1978 in Stedman, North Carolina. Stedman-Wade Health Services was accredited by the Joint Commission in 2002. Dental services include cleanings, fillings, extractions, bridges, crowns, dentures, root canals, and specialty referrals. The clinic treats children and adults of all ages and offers a sliding fee scale for individuals with no insurance.

Susan Dew Hoff Memorial Clinic (PDF, 349 KB)
The Susan Dew Hoff Memorial Clinic is a community-based clinic in West Milford, West Virginia. Volunteer dentists provide dental services, primarily restorative care, at the clinic free of charge. The clinic targets low-income populations, as well individuals without insurance and the underinsured. The clinic only serves residents of Harrison County.

Taunton Oral Health Center (PDF, 329 KB)
Taunton Oral Health Center is a safety net dental clinic located in Taunton, Massachusetts. Services include screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions, dentures, crowns, bridges, scaling, root canals, oral surgery, referrals, and patient education. The center treats all ages. The clinic accommodates low-income individuals, individuals without insurance, and the underinsured by offering different payment options.

Tioga Mobile Dental Services (PDF, 372 KB)
Tioga Mobile Dental Services, launched in 2003, operates in Tioga County, New York. The program was featured in the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Model Practice Database. The goal of the program is to provide an easy-to-access dental home for the entire county. It is funded through insurance revenue, grants, and community donations. The program targets underserved children and adults who lack access to a dental provider. The mobile unit consists of a large tractor-trailer that travels to Tioga County’s schools during the school year and is located at a senior center for the summer months. Services include screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, x-rays, extractions, and fillings. All Tioga County residents are eligible for these services. Commercial dental insurance is accepted and there is a sliding fee scale available for those without dental coverage.

Tooth Mobile (PDF, 368 KB)
Tooth Mobile, established in 1999, is a mobile dental program that offers services throughout California. The program currently has three mobile dental units and is designing two additional units. These units travel across the state and are staffed by dental workers who speak English, Spanish, Cantonese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, French, and Russian, thus providing inclusive dental healthcare for all. Services include screenings, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions, crowns, bridges, dentures, root canals, and oral surgery. The program also targets low-income children without insurance, teaching them proper brushing techniques and providing overall dental hygiene education. Tooth Mobile works with Denti-Cal and Healthy Families to provide affordable dental care for low-income Californians.

Tooth Wisdom: Get Smart About Your Mouth (PDF, 327 KB)
Tooth Wisdom: Get Smart About Your Mouth, established in 2014, has been implemented across five states: Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, and Tennessee. The program offers oral health education for individuals and caregivers focusing on older adults. To date, the program has served more than 1,000 individuals and held 60 one-hour workshops led by dental hygienists. The program targets older adults who live independently (65 years and older) and caregivers in senior centers, community centers, churches, and libraries. Program impact is measured by administering a pre- and post-test at oral health education programs.

UNC Dental Student Health Action Coalition (PDF, 327 KB)
The Dental Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC), established in 1967, is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. SHAC only treats individuals who have been chosen using a lottery system; the clinic does not treat individuals on a first-come, first-serve basis. Services include emergency care, screenings, cleanings, fillings, and extractions. The clinic aims to treat all incoming individuals in need of care but is limited by capacity. The purpose of this program is two-fold: individuals who need dental care receive increased access to services, and dental students receive clinical experience.

University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine Center for Patients with Special Needs (PDF, 329 KB)
The Center for Patients with Special Needs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine was officially established in 2008. A primary objective of the Center is to provide comprehensive dental care for adult patients with special needs, including physical, intellectual, developmental, sensory, and complex medical conditions. Dental students, residents, and dentists in the community are trained in best practices for patients with special needs. The program also aims to give individuals with disabilities a continuous relationship with the same dental practice. Services include cleanings, x-rays, fillings, root canals, oral surgery, and provider education. The center treats individuals of all ages.

University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA) Dental School (PDF, 328 KB)
The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA) Dental School provides dental care at a reduced price. Supervised dental students provide the following services: screenings, fillings, extractions, crowns, bridges, dentures, and referrals. The clinic does not have eligibility requirements for new clients; however, dental needs must match the services offered at the clinic in order to receive care. The services offered are determined by the types of skills dental students are learning at the time.

USC-Union Rescue Mission Dental Clinic (PDF, 666 KB) Promising Program
The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California (USC) partnered with Union Rescue Mission (URM), a nonprofit shelter for the homeless in downtown Los Angeles, to open the USC-URM Dental Clinic. The clinic is dedicated solely to restoring the oral health and smiles of residents of Skid Row, an area in Downtown Los Angeles with one of the largest populations of homeless individuals in the United States.

Utah Refugee Oral Health Program (PDF, 355 KB)
The Utah Refugee Health Program previously provided coverage for dental services. The program worked with providers, resettlement agencies, local health departments, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Office of Refugee Resettlement to ensure that services were culturally appropriate. While the program covered a variety of types of care and health screenings, dental services included: screenings, cleanings, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions, crowns, dentures, root canals, and oral surgery. It served refugees within the first 90 days of their arrival in the United States.

Virtual Dental Home (PDF, 664 KB) Promising Program
The Virtual Dental Home (VDH) provides dental and oral health services in locations across California where people live, work, and receive social services. Dental hygienists and assistants gather diagnostic records, communicate with dentists using a telehealth system, treat individuals with basic oral health needs, and refer individuals with more complex needs to dentists in the same geographic area. This program leverages telehealth technology to bring comprehensive diagnostic, preventive, and early intervention services to otherwise hard-to-reach individuals in a convenient and low-cost fashion.

Vista Community Clinic (PDF, 431 KB)
Vista Community Clinic (VCC), established in 1972, is located in Vista, California. Since its founding in the basement of an animal shelter, VCC has expanded to include five clinics in the San Diego North County area. Services include emergency care, screenings, cleanings, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions, crowns, care coordination, and referrals. VCC treats children and adults and accepts individuals without insurance. It also offers medical services and health support services to individuals of all ages.

Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires Free Clinic (PDF, 336 KB)
The Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Berkshires Free Clinic, a nonprofit organization, operates in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In addition to dental care, the clinic also provides medical, vision, and behavioral health services. Volunteer dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants provide services including screenings, extractions, fillings, and dentures. The clinic focuses on treating low-income adults (19-64 years) and those who do not have insurance or are underinsured.

Walker Methodist Dental Clinic (PDF, 677 KB) Promising Program
Walker Methodist Dental Clinic provides high-quality dental care to older adults in the Minneapolis, Minnesota community. The clinic addresses barriers to care for older adults, such as complex chronic diseases, disabilities, and limited financial resources. Its mission is to increase community access to high-quality comprehensive oral health care for older adults. It also aims to expand community-based interprofessional education in geriatric care for dental professionals to better prepare them to serve a rapidly aging population. The dental clinic is part of the larger Walker Methodist Health Center network that specializes in providing lifestyle, housing, and health care services to older adults.

West Virginia Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (PDF, 731 KB) Promising Program
The West Virginia Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (WVAFCC) provides free medical and dental care to low-income adults in West Virginia. WVAFCC is a nonprofit organization with 10 member clinics. It exists to advocate for the free clinics and the individuals they serve, to secure funding sources necessary to treat the individuals served by the free clinics' programs, and to assist free clinics with transitions and issues that impact all free clinics in West Virginia.

West Virginia Health Right, Inc. (PDF, 682 KB) Promising Program
The West Virginia Health Right dental clinic provides dental care to low-income individuals who lack insurance, are underinsured, and are medically underserved. It is the largest and only full-time adult dental clinic in the state. More than 100 dentists and dental specialists volunteer their time to provide dental care and treatment. Individuals must qualify for services based on income and receive services free of charge.

Whitman-Walker Health (PDF, 331 KB)
Whitman-Walker Health, established in 1978, is located in Washington, District of Columbia. The center provides dental care at two locations in Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia, and Southeast, Washington, District of Columbia. Services include screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, x-rays, fillings, extractions, dentures, crowns, bridges, scaling, oral surgery, root canals, and referrals. The center focuses on urban populations and also specializes in care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and HIV-positive populations.

Wisdom Tooth (PDF, 368 KB)
Wisdom Tooth, a division of CareLink, Inc., is a mobile program based in Providence, Rhode Island that travels to nearby nursing homes. Dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants provide screenings, cleanings, x-rays, fillings, extractions, and dentures. Wisdom Tooth targets older adults who have lived in a nursing home for a minimum of 45 days.