Starting a Dental Care Site

Eager to help meet the dental needs of your community?  These resources provide an excellent overview of the challenges, discuss ways to overcome them, and reveal secrets to success.

Dental Safety Net Clinic Manual Learn how to implement a safety net dental clinic from the ground-up. The manual includes links to sample policies, budget worksheets, design tips, equipment photographs and websites.

Portable Dental Clinic Manual Interested in a mobile, rather than a “bricks and mortar” dental clinic? Discover the ins and outs of how to start-up and operate a mobile or portable dental clinic.

Learning from other successes:

70/30 ModelA Sustainable Approach to Community-Based Dental Care

Case Study: Harrisonburg Rockingham Dental Clinic Learn from this Virginia program’s experiences opening a full-time dental clinic for Medicaid and uninsured patients.

The Good Practice: Treating Underserved Dental Patients While Staying Afloat The information in this California-centric guide is equally applicable to Virginia, outlining techniques and tools including: the fundamentals of creating a sound strategic plan, paying special attention to the reimbursement process and payer mix, achieving a smooth patient flow; designing an optimal staffing pattern, the importance of effective business systems and implementing new technologies and clinical programs.

Overcoming obstacles:

Expanding Access to Dental Care Through Community Health Centers This issue brief reviews the impediments and solutions to providing dental care to low-income patients at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).