There is an undeniable link between overall health and oral health. Studies show that poor oral health may be linked to heart disease, stroke, pre-term childbirth and oral cancer. A report on oral health by the U.S. Surgeon General documented linkages between oral disease and ear and sinus infections, weakened immune systems, diabetes, heart and lung disease, as well as many other serious health conditions. The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) revealed that 26 percent of NCH’s service area has not seen a dentist in the last year and approximately 24 percent lack dental insurance.
In response to this need, NCH launched the Mobile Dental Clinic program in 2003, which provides preventive and restorative oral health services to individuals and families who are without dental insurance and who live at less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level. While many dental clinics focus on treating emergencies, our program emphasizes the importance of overall oral health by helping patients develop a habit of regular cleanings and exams and establishing a permanent dental home.
The clinic operates in partnership with Elk Grove, Palatine, Wheeling and Schaumburg townships and provides more than 2,500 patient visits each year. The staff includes a full time dentist, program manager and dental assistant. Volunteer dentists, hygienists, and assistants also provide hundreds of hours of care along with University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) and Midwestern Colleges of Dentistry fourth-year students.
Dental professionals interested in volunteering at the Mobile Dental Clinic should call 847-618-5573 or email us.
Eligibility and Fees
Residents of Elk Grove, Palatine, Wheeling and Schaumburg townships are screened by the townships’ general assistance staff, to determine eligibility for treatment. A $30 co-pay is charged for each adult appointment, and there is no co-pay for children. For more information and to schedule an appointment, please contact your township:
Elk Grove Township