Our Tiny House Dental Clinic will Serve Rural Communities in Lane County, Oregon.
Salem, Oregon. (12/6/2021) – Capitol Dental Care in coordination with Gentle Dental, is pleased to announce the opening of the Gentle Dental Tiny House Mobile Dental Office to further Capitol Dental’s mission to prevent dental disease and improve overall health.
The Gentle Dental Tiny House Dental Office (THDO) will primarily serve the rural communities of Lane County. Our fully equipped mobile dental office will be scheduled at up to eight community sites each month. Current host sites include the communities of Florence, Mapleton, Cottage Grove, and McKenzie River. Additional locations will be added.
The THDO team will include Cindy Fisher, Tiny House Coordinator, Driver, Dental Assistant, and Certified Community Health worker; Jo Eldredge, Expanded Practice Dental Hygienist; Dr. Aaron Berger, General Dentist; and, Dr. Leslee Huggins, Pediatric Dentist.
Linda Mann, Director of Community Outreach for Capitol Dental commented, “The Tiny House Dental Office has been a dream of mine for over five years. It provides a two-chair, state-of-the-art dental clinic on wheels that allows us to serve the rural areas of Lane County, Oregon providing access to dental care for some of the most vulnerable Oregonians.”
Oregon Health Plan members with Capitol Dental will have access to the Tiny House Dental Office at no out-of-pocket costs. The THDO will also be available to many insured and uninsured patients. Most insurance is accepted and uninsured patients can enroll in Gentle Dental’s own discount plan, the Gentle Dental Smile Plan.
Oregon State Representative Cedric Hayden commented; “I am always very supportive of expanding access to healthcare, and access to dental care is especially important and critically needed in our communities. I am excited that Capitol Dental Care is finding new ways, such as this Tiny House Dental Clinic, to deliver oral health to the rural communities in our area.”
Services available include new patient exams, x-rays, intraoral photos, and an array of preventive services, including dental cleanings for patients of all ages as well as sealants, fluoride, periodontal maintenance, scaling, and root planing, fillings, and extractions.
Community partnerships are key to this program. Partners allow space to park the mobile clinic and help increase the local communities’ awareness of services. The Tiny House Dental Office supplements the important services our partners are already providing to their communities. Community partners include Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw, Mapleton Food Share, City of Cottage Grove (Community Center), and Orchid Health McKenzie Clinic. Service partners include Siuslaw Outreach Services, Siuslaw Vision, South Lane Mental Health, Cottage Grove Community Sharing, and Junction City Local Aid.
To find out more about the Gentle Dental Tiny House Mobile Dental Office, or to share additional potential rural sites please visit our website at www.gentledentaltinyhouse.com, follow us on Facebook, or call 1-800-525-6800.
About InterDent & Gentle Dental®
InterDent Service Corporation provides comprehensive dental support and administrative services to 175 supported dental practices employing more than 450 dentists in eight states. Gentle Dental® offices, along with offices under the brands of Blue Oak Dental® and Smile Keepers, are supported by InterDent and deliver high-quality dental care with a personal touch. Gentle Dental® offers comprehensive care in general, cosmetic, and specialty dentistry. To learn more, visit www.interdent.com or www.interdent.com/gentle-dental/
About Capitol Dental Care
Capitol Dental Care is Oregon’s largest dental contractor with a network of more than 300 dentists across 18 counties. Capitol Dental Care has been operating in Oregon since the inception of the Oregon Health Plan. Statewide, Capitol Dental Care currently serves approximately 300,000 members. The company is dedicated to providing high-quality dental care to all members and their families with a strong focus on meeting the needs of children. Capitol Dental Care emphasizes dental disease prevention as a key part of health. For more information, visit www.capitoldentalcare.com.