The Mobile Dental Clinic brings much needed dental care to the under-served population, including adults and children.
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Northwest Community Healthcare's (NCH) Mobile Dental was launched in 2003 and provides preventative and restorative oral health services to individuals and families who are without dental insurance and who live at less than 200% of the federal poverty level. While many dental clinics focus on treating emergencies, NCH's program emphasizes the importance of overall oral health by helping patients develop a habit of regular cleanings and exams, and establishing a permanent dental home.
The Clinic operates in partnership with with Elk Grove, Palatine, Wheeling and Schaumburg townships, and serves more than 2,800 patients a year. The staff includes a full time dental director, program manager and dental assistant. Volunteer dentists, hygienists and assistants also provide hundreds of hours of care, along with University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry fourth-year students.
For dental professionals interested in volunteering at the Mobile Dental Clinic, click here to learn more.
Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease and oral health is one of the most major indications of a person's overall health. More than 35,000 people within NCH's service area are without dental benefits, and the under-served population is two to three times more likely to suffer from oral disease. Nationally, direct and indirect costs associated with oral hygiene account for millions of dollars a year.
The Mobile Dental Clinic provides primary dental care that includes:
Residents of Elk Grove, Palatine, Wheeling and Schaumburg townships are screened by individual townships to determine eligibility for treatment. In some cases, a $30 co-pay per person is charged for those who quality for treatment. For more information and to schedule an appointment, please contact your township representative:
Upon approval from the township, patients will be given the Mobile Dental Clinic phone number to call and schedule an appointment. The Clinic does not accept walk-in appointments.