Dentists on Wheels (DOW) was incepted to address the growing problem of dental issues in the impoverished community in and around Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. Our non-profit organization provides dental hygienists, dental assistants, dentists, dental specialists, and various stakeholders with the opportunity to assist in our mission of providing accessible dental care to underserved communities. We recognize that there are multiple barriers that can exist preventing a patient from seeking dental care. DOW is committed to breaking down barriers for patients without financial means, with dental phobias or religious concerns such that the population currently defined as vulnerable and underserved can find quality dental services at DOW.
A broadening problem in the low income community is the usage of extraction to solve tooth pain, as it is the simplest and cost effective way to get rid of the problem. Unfortunately, the loss of the tooth creates many long term issues. Preventative care and restorative procedures that Dentists on Wheels would provide, will help the amount of extraction cases lessen in the coming years. Our mission is to help everyone within our resources so that we can quell the dental problems that arise in our community.