Systematic review of mobile dental vans

Brenda Appiah, The University of Texas School of Public Health


Objectives. To assess the reach and effectiveness of mobile dental vans as a delivery method by providing access to underserved populations. Methods. A literature review was conducted to identify mobile delivery methods whose aims are to address the increasing oral health disparity concern. Forty articles met the inclusion criteria. Of the 40 articles, only 7 analyzed the reach and coverage of the mobile dental clinics. Data was compiled from the literature to compare and assess the different mobile dental care delivery methods. Results. There is a correlation between transportation barriers and lack of access to healthcare. Mobile dentistry helps to delivery dental care to vulnerable populations. Conclusion. Mobile dental clinics are an effective method in improving access to care in underserved populations, as well as increasing overall oral health in these individuals.

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Appiah, Brenda, "Systematic review of mobile dental vans" (2012). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1518765.