Volunteer Dental Professionals
Volunteer on the SmileMobile!
The SmileMobile needs volunteer dentists, hygienists and dental assistants in the areas that we travel to in Washington State. The SmileMobile is a three chair mobile dental van staffed by a clinic manager, dentist and dental assistant.
Year We Hit the Road
What services do you provide?
Oral health education, examinations, digital-x-rays, fluoride varnish, sealants, cleanings, fillings, simple extractions and written referrals for patients with comprehensive dental needs.
The van is 39 ft. long with two slide-outs, allowing more room in the main operatory area. There are three A-dec operatories to accommodate children,pregnant and postpartum people and adult family members. The dental chairs will accommodate left-handed dentists/hygienists.
Interested in volunteering with us?
Dentists, hygienists, and assistants must have an active Washington State license and/or registration and practice dentistry within their “scope of work.” Dentists must verify their professional liability insurance. If you do not have malpractice insurance please visit this link.
How do I get started?
If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please contact SmileMobile@ArcoraFoundation.org.
Receive CDE credit hours and a certificate too!
Dentists’ receive up to seven CDEs (one hour is equal to one hour of volunteer) and hygienists receive up to five CDEs for volunteering on the SmileMobile.. Receive an electronic certificate following your visit verifying your volunteer hours.
What are the operational days and hours?
The SmileMobile typically operates Monday through Friday. The host dentist and dental team provide examinations Monday and Tuesday with follow up treatment scheduled for Wednesday through Friday. Volunteers are encouraged to volunteer Wednesday – Friday of a one-week site and Monday through Friday of a two-week site. The hours are:
Note: Tuesday thru Thursday SmileMobile may be open 8:45 – noon and/or 12:45 – 4:00
- 12:45 pm – 4:00 pm
- 8:45 pm – 4:00 pm
- 8:45 am – 4:00 pm
- 8:45 am – 4:00 pm
- 8:45 am – 12:00 pm
The staff will periodically work on Saturday if there is patient demand and the site partner (i.e. church, health department) is open.
What do I need to bring?
Please bring your own protective eyewear and/ or other items that you may want to use while on the van. We do offer disposable gowns and latex free gloves in all sizes. Many of the locations that we travel to are rural. We ask that volunteer dentists bring their own assistant if possible. We do not always have an assistant available for our volunteers. If you are unable to bring your assistant, we will try to accommodate you.