Access to dental care is vital for a healthy lifestyle. One-in-five children in the United States have cavities by the time they enter kindergarten and it's completely preventable if a family has access to dental care. Untreated dental issues can lead to serious health problems and potentially require a trip to the emergency room, costing valuable time and money.
To combat the lack of dental care available to low-income residents in south-central Idaho, Family Health Services, in partnership with the Idaho Children’s Health Project, brings dental services directly to the community with a mobile dentist's office. The mobile office, outfitted with two dental chairs and $30,000 worth of x-ray equipment, is usually parked in a rented space at Kimberly Nurseries, Landscape & Irrigation when it’s not on the road. A pilot program began in August of 2017 to bring it directly to Family Health Services' Twin Falls clinic on Wednesdays to provide a more routine schedule for community members.
The mobile office helps reach patients who may have never been to a dentist, may not have transportation, or who have language or cultural barriers to seeking care. Future plans for the mobile dental clinic are still uncertain, but patients at the Twin Falls medical clinic can count on receiving curbside dental care.