As the pandemic impacts children’s oral health, United Concordia Dental and Highmark Wholecare has teamed up to bring mobile dentistry to underserved communities. The stop in Reading on Wednesday at the Oakbrook Community Health Center represents a 12-day statewide tour.
“The pandemic significantly impacted children’s oral health – especially for our most vulnerable populations,” said John Pepper, Highmark Wholecare’s spokesperson.
“Our ‘whole health’ model meets our Medicaid members where they are, in their home communities, so that socio-economic barriers like transportation don’t get in the way of physical health.”
The “Healthy Smiles for Miles” mobile dental care unit will provide dental service, including x-rays, cleanings and full exams, to hundreds of Medicaid children and youths aged 20 years and younger insured by Highmark Wholecare. Highmark Wholecare cares for nearly 175,000 children who receive Medicaid.
The free mobile dental clinic will be held from 8am to 5pm, Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at the Oakbrook Community Health Center located at 1040 Liggett Ave, Reading, PA 19611.