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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.