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Free dental services now being provided to our community – volunteer dentists and hygienists needed

The PNA Hot Meal Program has partnered with Medical Teams International to offer free dental services, once a month at our Tuesday meal beginning in January. 

Medical Teams International will supply a customized Mobile Dental Van holding two dental operatorys and oversee the clinic operations. Volunteer dentists, hygienists and assistants treat individuals with the least access to dental care, including the chemically-dependent, elderly, people experiencing homelessness, veterans, unemployed and youth. Urgent care needs are the top priority and services range from pain alleviation (primarily treatment of infection and abscesses, extractions) to fillings.

Left untreated, dental problems can lead to pain, difficulty eating and increase the risk of debilitating health conditions. Two significant obstacles prevent people from receiving dental care – cost and access. We are committed to breaking down these barriers by delivering free dental care to our neighbors. 

Due to the pandemic, procedures that create aerosols (using hand tools only) have been temporarily eliminated. Each van operatory is thoroughly cleaned after each use. Full PPE is available to all staff, volunteers and patients when required. We are usually able to see 6 or 7 patients each clinic.

Are you a dentist, hygienist, or dental assistant with a current state license to practice your profession?

We would love to have you join the volunteer team at Medical Teams International in providing free dental care to low-income individuals with urgent needs. For more information about the MTI Dental Program, please visit here.

We are asking volunteers to commit to one, 6-hour shift once a month, quarter, or year 

Please contact Krissie Dillin, Program Director, at krissied@phinneycenter.org to discuss this life-changing volunteer opportunity.