Mobile Dental Program helps create smiles for patients

Mobile Dental Program helps create smiles for patients

Julia Ordonez has gone without teeth for 20 years. She is 79 years old and didn’t have regular dental insurance. She thought there was nothing that could be done.

“I went to three different dentists and they all said my mouth was bad. They denied making dentures for me,” Ordonez shared.

But at the end of 2020, she discovered the Mobile Dental Program through Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and her luck finally changed. “This program was willing to work with me and give me a set of teeth I can use. I am extremely happy with my new teeth,” Julia said with a smile.

Ordonez received care through the Mobile Dental Program which just received a new van that will help us take care into the community where it’s needed most. The van was funded through Advocate Charitable Foundation, thanks to a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health. The goal of the program is to provide quality, comprehensive and affordable dental care to underserved adults and children throughout Chicago. This new van will help the program treat over 650 low-income and at-risk people who, like Julia, would likely have nowhere else to turn.

“The van serves as a modern dental office on wheels, equipped with two exam rooms,” explained Amy Martin, director of Mobile Dentistry at Advocate Illinois Masonic.

The van can provide virtually any service provided in a freestanding dental facility. The program works with 18 partner sites through the city of Chicago and greater Chicagoland area. It has been significantly funded through philanthropy for 20 years, giving the gifts of a smile and confidence to thousands of people.

“This new van makes thousands of healthier smiles possible across the city over the next few years. We are truly grateful,” said Dr. Martin.

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5 Comments

  1. How can I avail of your mobile dental program

  2. Salvador salcedo March 9, 2021 at 10:25 am · Reply

    hay servicio en espanol y cuales son los requisitos para calificar

  3. Stephanie Neff March 9, 2021 at 1:08 pm · Reply

    Need help with dental work.

  4. Thank you to those who have inquired about our dental services after seeing our Mobile Dental post on social media. If you or someone you know is in need of dental care you’re welcome to call our Dental Clinic at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center at 773-871-1461 and we will happily guide you through making an appointment or recommend an alternative care site in your area.

  5. Jesusa T. Racimo March 11, 2021 at 11:40 am · Reply

    I have no dental insurance can I still avail of your dental health prora

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Tami Hughes is a public affairs coordinator for Advocate Aurora Health. She attended college at the University of Miami and loves watching her Hurricanes play just about anything. She enjoys cooking and going to concerts with her husband. Her heart is made happy by her children, Neenah and Jack, and her dog child, Rizzo.