Articles, Reports, and Books

Arevalo O, Chattopadhyay A, Lester H, Skelton J. Mobile dental operations: Capital budgeting and long-term viability. J Public Health Dentistry. 2010; 70(1): 28-34.

Arevalo O, Saman D, Bonaime A, Skelton J. Mobile dental units: Leasing or buying? A dollar-cost analysis. J Public Health Dent. 2010 Jun 2.

Austin, LD. Mobile dental health units: A model for improving access to care. Access. 2011; 25 (4): 18-19.

Berkey DB, Ela KM and Berg RG. Advances in portable and mobile equipment systems. International Dental Journal. 1993; 43(5): 455-65.

Brooks C, Miller LC, Dane J, et al. Program evaluation of mobile dental services for children with special health care needs. Special Care Dentistry. 2002; 22(4):156-60.

Carr BR, Isong U and Weintraub JA. Identification and description of mobile dental programs—A brief communication. J Public Health Dentistry. 2008; 68(4): 234-7.

Charlton DG, Ehrlich AD, and Miniotis NJ. Current update on portable dental equipment. Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry. 2007; 28(2):104–8.

Combs R. Serving the homebound. Dental Economics. 1994; 84(9): 31-4.

Dane J. The Missouri Elks mobile dental program: Dental care for developmentally disabled persons. J Public Health Dentistry. 1990; 50: 42-7.

Douglass JM. Mobile dental vans: Planning considerations and productivity. J Public Health Dentistry, 2005; 65(2): 110-13.

Elliott-Smith S and Hovliaras-Delozier CA (based on interviews). On the road with mobile dentistry—Its impact on our communities. Access. 2007; 21(1): 21-4.

Frickton J and Chen H. Using teledentistry to improve access to dental care for the underserved. Dental Clinics N Amer. 2009; 53(3): 537-48.

Glick J. A home away from home: The patient-centered health home. J Am Dent Assoc. 2009; 140: 140-2. (editorial)

Hamilton J. Mobile dentistry: Entrepreneurial boom sparks debate. AGD Impact. 2007; 35(12): 38-46.

Helgeson MJ and Smith B. Dental care in nursing homes: Guidelines for mobile and on-site care. Special Care Dentistry. 1996; 16(4): 153-64.

Kopycka-Kedzierawski DT, Bell CH and Billings RJ. Prevalence of dental caries in Early Head Start children as diagnosed using teledentistry. Pediatr Dent. 2008; 30(4): 329-33.

Krust KS and Schuchman L. Out-of-office dentistry: An alternative delivery system. Special Care Dentistry. 1991; 11(5): 189-93.

Lee EE, Thomas CA and Thuy V. Mobile and portable dentistry: Alternative treatment services for the elderly. Special Care Dentistry. 2001; 2(14): 153-5.

Mulligan R, Goldstein CM and Niederkohr RE. Rural dentistry: Opportunities for the next millennium in fixed and mobile practices. CDA Journal. 2000; 28(2): 133-40.

Mulligan R, Seirawan H, Faust S, Habibian M. Mobile dental clinic: an oral health care delivery model for underserved migrant children. J California Dental Association. 2010; 38(2): 115-22.

Murphy JE, Jr. Mobile Dentistry. Tulsa OK: PennWell Books. 1996.

Pacific Center for Special Care. The virtual dental home. Improving the oral health of vulnerable and underserved populations using geographically distributed telehealth-enabled teams. 2013.

Pacific Center for Special Care. The California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development Health Workforce Pilot Project #172. 2013.

Rechkemmer CA. Providing Access to Dental Care: Arkansas Children's Hospital's (ACH) New Mobile Dental Outreach Program. Pediatric Commentary. 2009, Summer, 12-15.

Skillman SM, Doescher MP, Mouradian WE, Brusnon DK. The challenge to delivering oral health services in rural America. J Pubic Health Dentisty. 2010; 70 (s1): 49-57.

SOHIP Teledentistry Workgroup. Teledentistry as a Method to Improve Oral Health Access in Florida: A White Paper. 2006.

Zabos GP and Trinh C. Bringing the mountain to Mohammed: A mobile dental team serves a community-based program for people with HIV/AIDS. American Journal of Public Health. 2001; 91(8): 1187-9.

Manuals and Other Online Resources

ASTDD. School-Based or School-Linked Mobile or Portable Dental Services Policy Statement. 2012.

California Dental Association, Dental Health Foundation. School-based Dental Services Guidelines for Mobile and Portable Programs. Information Toolkit. 2010. [Scroll to heading: "Mobile Dental Facilities."]

Give Kids A Smile® Program Planning Toolbox. American Dental Association.

Mobile and Portable Dental Operations. Public Health Dental Hygienist Toolkit. Office of Oral Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Mobile and Portable Dental Services in Preschool and School Settings: Complex Issues. Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. is a dual-purpose website focused on 1) mapping all mobile health programs across the country,  and 2) offering mobile healthcare providers an online tool for calculating an ROI (return-on-investment) ratio for their mobile health services - a quantified value of mobile health clinic interventions that defines costs spared to the nation's greater healthcare system.

Safety Net Dental Clinic Manual. Doherty M, Bingham D, Kislak R, Kolo S, Barzel R, Holt K (eds.). 2018. Westborough, MA: DentaQuest Institute; Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.

Seal America: The Prevention Invention. Carter NL, Lowe EA, with the American Association for Community Dental Programs and the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 2016. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.

School-Based Dental Sealant Programs. Ohio Department of Health.

Site Assessment Checklist and Infection Control Checklist for Mobile and Portable Dental Programs. OSAP.


Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP). Dental Infection Control Resources

Rural Assistance Center. Information guide includes dental section with extensive resources

Special Care Dentistry Association. Umbrella organization for American Society for Geriatric Dentistry, American Association of Hospital Dentists and Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities


Access Dental Care

Apple Tree Dental

Columbia University Community DentCare Network

Delta Dental of South Dakota Mobile Program

Guides and Resources on Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation Mission of Mercy

Medical Teams International Mobile Dental Program

Mission Children's Hospital Asheville, NC, Dental Outreach Program and ToothBus

Missouri Elks Mobile Dental Program for Developmentally Disabled Persons

Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation MobileSmiles Oklahoma

PennSmiles Program


QueensCare School-Based Mobile Dental Program

Rochester's Collaborative School-Based Dental Program

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Program

St David's Foundation Dental Program

Tennessee Mobile Dental Public Health Clinics

Tooth Mobile. Santa Clara, CA

University of Michigan Migrant Dental Program

University of the Pacific Virtual Dental Home System of Care

USC Mobile Dental Clinics


Coons, P. St. David's Dental Program Mobilizes Dentistry in Central Texas. 2010 National Oral Health Conference.

Gelinas, J. Ronald McDonald Mobile Dental Care. 2010 National Oral Health Conference. [Scroll to "April 25."]

Mosca N. A Perfect Storm: Engaging State Oral Health Programs in Preparedness and Response. 2007. National Oral Health Conference.

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