Access Dental Care is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide on-site, quality comprehensive dental services, via mobile equipment and trained professionals, to the intellectually disabled/developmentally disabled (ID/DD) and frail elderly populations in long-term care facilities (nursing and group homes) and community-dwelling individuals with disabilities.

Serving special care patients since August 7, 2000, our mission has been to provide access to the highest quality dental care available and to provide this care in an effective and efficient way.

Access Dental Care Staff

Each day, we transport portable dental equipment in a customized truck to a different facility, unloading the equipment and setting up the dental office within the facility for the day. Patients are brought to the dental room unless bedside care is required. The person responsible for each patient's care is notified in advance of scheduled treatments and must approve the treatment prior to the patient being seen. Access Dental Care believes in communication with the families of patients.

View a short video ( Windows  or  Quick Time ) on a 
"Day in the Life" with Access Dental Care

Access Dental Cares' employees provide quality services to over 4000 patients in a nine county service area. To see a list and location of facilities served for these counties, please click on our facilities and map link. Facilities list and map link.

Access Dental Care was established as a non-profit organization with a Board of Directors and is a replication project of Apple Tree Dental, a Minnesota non-profit. Carolinas Mobile Dentistry provides similar services to clients in the Charlotte Area.

Access Dental Care was initiated by grants from the Moses Cone~Wesley Long Community Health Foundation with additional assistance from the North Carolina Dental Society and the Piedmont Triad Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging. Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, The Cannon Foundation and the Cabarrus Community Care Plan also awarded Access Dental Care grants to expand.

What's different about dentistry for people with special needs? These populations are most susceptible to rampant decay and gum problems secondary to general health problems, long-term medication use, and inability to clean their own mouths. Daily oral care and preventive care are typically overlooked and the result is often emergency care as a last resort.

Access Dental Care has worked with both ADEC and a local machine shop to develop state of the art portable dental equipment.  The equipment is available to community groups, organizations or individual practioners that need portable dental equipment to provide services. click

In 2005, Access Dental Care provided consulting services, a truck and portable
dental equipment to the
North Country Health Consortium in New
“The Molar Express” provides on-site dental treatment to school
aged children in northern New Hampshire.

Current news articles on Access Dental Care's health professionals and dental program:

Public Health Initiatives Article

On the Road with Mobile Dentistry Article

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