SmileMobile Coming to Friday Harbor Nov. 2nd – 5th
The SmileMobile, a brightly painted 39–foot dental clinic on wheels, will return to Friday Harbor at the Mullis Senior Community Center the week of Tuesday, Nov. 2 through – Friday, Nov. 5.
The SmileMobile dentist and the dental team will provide examinations to children, youth, young adults, pregnant/postpartum people, and adult family members with Apple Health coverage (Washington state’s Medicaid program) and who are uninsured.
The SmileMobile is a mobile dental van outfitted with equipment found in typical dental offices that travels throughout Washington state, providing much-needed preventive oral health care and early dental treatment. Access to preventive dental care is especially important in communities that lack water fluoridation since having the right balance of fluoride in drinking water helps improve oral health for all with strengthened teeth that are more resistant to cavities and decay.
Poor oral health has been linked to chronic conditions like diabetes, pregnancy and heart health. Painful cavities and visible oral disease also can impact school attendance, nutrition, employment opportunities, self-esteem and how others perceive you.
Cavities are preventable with routine dental checkups, proper oral hygiene and drinking fluoridated water. All three play a significant role in helping adults and children avoid tooth decay.
Due to COVID-19, the dental team will prescreen and take temperature the day of the examination. The dentist and team may provide one or more of the following: examination, fluoride varnish, sealants, x-rays, simple extraction, temporary filling, and written referral.
To make an appointment or if you have questions, please call (888) 286-9105 prior to the clinic dates.
The SmileMobile is operated by non–profit Arcora Foundation in partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital. Arcora Foundation is funded by non-profit Delta Dental of Washington, the state’s largest dental benefits company.
The SmileMobile, travels the state year-round providing services ranging from exams and preventive care to fillings and minor oral surgery, has examined and treated more than 45,000 patients in communities throughout Washington.
About Arcora Foundation:
Arcora Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to improving oral health and health equity by partnering with communities to prevent oral disease, transform health systems, and increase access to care. Funded by nonprofit Delta Dental of Washington, the state’s largest dental benefits company, we work toward a shared vision: All people enjoy good oral and overall health, with no one left behind. For more information, visit ArcoraFoundation.org.