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Mobile Clinic to Offer Free Dental Care


A group of local dentists and health care providers are partnering with Medical Teams International (MTI) to bring a mobile dental van to Tillamook. On September 27 and 28, free dental care will be available for people with urgent dental care needs who have low incomes, no funds, no dental insurance and no other access to dental care.

MTI provides the mobile dental van, along with a clinic manager who acts as a liaison with the sponsoring partner, in this case Tillamook County General Hospital. The van has two dental chairs, an x-ray station and all necessary dental equipment, instruments and supplies. Dentists and hygienists from the community volunteer their time and offer basic treatment such as extractions, fillings and draining of abscesses. The dental van will be parked on the east side of the hospital.

How to Make an Appointment
All patients will be screened prior to being scheduled for an appointment in order to give the most urgent dental care needs first priority. Those wishing to have their names added to the screening list should call (503)-815-2363 or (800)-356-0460, extension 2363, with their name and contact information. By September 21, those on the list will be contacted and scheduled, based on their screening information and availability of appointment times.

To qualify as a patient for this service, individuals must have:

  • Urgent dental care needs such as tooth pain, decay or gum swelling.
  • An income less than 200% of federal poverty level ($22,340 or less annual income for a family of 1; $46,100 or less for a family of four).
  • No dental insurance  of any  kind and no realistic ability to pay for the urgent dental care they need.

Also, individuals who show evidence of being under treatment by a dental provider are not eligible for this program. Scheduled patients should be prepared to wait, as it's difficult to estimate how much time each patient's appointment might take and they should also understand that there is no guarantee that all who are scheduled will be able to be seen.