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Reaching Vulnerable Populations through Portable and Mobile Dentistry—Current and Future Opportunities

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St. David’s Foundation, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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School of Dentistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
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Dental Program, University of Adelaide, Adelaide 5005, South Australia
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Academic Affairs and Student Services, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
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Dental Public Health Residency, Texas A & M College of Dentistry, Dallas, TX 75246, USA
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Pre-Doctoral Clinical Education, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
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Dent. J. 2019, 7(3), 75; https://doi.org/10.3390/dj7030075
Received: 16 May 2019 / Revised: 2 July 2019 / Accepted: 8 July 2019 / Published: 1 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Efficiency and Quality in Dental Medicine)
The Action for Dental Health Act of 2017 bill is intended to prevent dental disease and divert dental emergencies from high-cost centers (like hospital emergency rooms) to dental offices. Lines 15–17 of the bill include grant funding to support portable or mobile dental equipment, and this should lead to an expansion of opportunities to deliver and receive care through the use of portable dental equipment and mobile dental vans, i.e., portable and mobile dentistry (PMD). Historically, PMD has been valuable to bridge the access gap for those for whom transport can be a challenge, like children and the elderly. However, PMD could be valuable to large employers, allowing the employees to receive dental care with minimal disruption to their workday. Oral pain is known to affect work and school attendance, and improving access to dental care could benefit individuals, families, organizations, and communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: mobile dentistry; portable dentistry; legislation; access mobile dentistry; portable dentistry; legislation; access
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Gupta, S.; Hakim, M.; Patel, D.; Stow, L.C.; Shin, K.; Timothé, P.; Nalliah, R.P. Reaching Vulnerable Populations through Portable and Mobile Dentistry—Current and Future Opportunities. Dent. J. 2019, 7, 75.

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