Mobile dental unit helps homeless people in San Francisco

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A mobile dental unit has helped dozens of homeless people and people on a low income in San Francisco.

The unit was parked in a car park outside Glide Memorial Church for two weeks and volunteers were on hand to offer free dental services to those in need. Tooth Travellers, the mobile dental programme, is designed to cater for the needs of people who have a very low income and those who are unemployed and homeless.

A dentist and dental assistants extracted almost 50 teeth and filled 50 cavities over the two-week period; almost 150 appointments were carried out.

The mobile unit provides services including cleaning treatments, fillings, extractions, X-rays and fluoride treatments; patients who require more complex treatment are referred to community clinics or university dental schools for reduced rate dental care.

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