Community Care Day

Medical Teams International is in the field, implementing transitional health programming from relief to development, helping people all over the world, including here in the United States.

We work in areas in which our international partners have requested our medical expertise to address the most critical health needs. Our headquarters and field staff constantly review our commitments based on needs, capacity and potential for impact. We work closely with local health authorities to help assure positive outcomes, even after we return home.

Mobile Dental Program

The Mobile Dental Program provides free or low-cost urgent dental care services to patients who lack dental insurance or any realistic way to pay for dental treatment.

There are two primary obstacles to receiving dental care in the US: cost and accessible location.

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Suffering & Expense

Right outside of our doors, families are battling the intense pain, complications, and socio-economic challenges that come with severe dental problems.

As untreated dental issues progress, many uninsured people with dental crises turn to emergency rooms for pain relief. ERs are not properly equipped to treat dental problems and is also costly for both patients and hospitals – approximately $765 per ER visit.

Accessibility

There is a shortage of dental providers in the Pacific NW, and the number of providers continues to decline.

While in theory all Oregon children are covered, there are many reasons why they may have trouble accessing it- poor transportation, parent unable to take time off work, etc.

Did you know?

Up to 30% of uninsured emergency room visits could have been better treated in a dental office.

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Our Approach:

Medical Teams International’s Mobile Dental program has been able to dramatically reduce ER expenses for uninsured patients with dental disease, providing effective treatment at an average $100 – $125 per patient.

Our fully-equipped vans are staffed by licensed dentists, hygienists and dental assistants who generously volunteer their time, and we work with over 300 community partners to arrange urgent care dental services.

Preventative Care

We also provide preventative care. For example, MTI has provided thousands of children with an easy-to-read brochure and a kid-friendly kit of basic dental supplies as well as classroom instruction from MTI staff and volunteers.