Since 2009, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile (RMCM) has provided nearly $2 million in free dental care to underserved Arkansas children.
In 2016 the RMCM provided:
The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is a 40-foot, state-of-the-art, fully equipped mobile dental clinic operated in partnership with Arkansas Children's Hospital and Delta Dental of Arkansas. With a team consisting of a dentist, dental hygienist and assistants, the Care Mobile travels to select elementary schools and summer programs in Pulaski, Saline, Perry, Faulkner, Lonoke, Jefferson and Grant counties. The Care Mobile stays at each school for about two weeks to treat as many students as possible that desperately need dental care. Many of these children have never seen a dentist before and their parents do not have insurance to be able to provide the appropriate dental care their children need.
The Care Mobile offers full service dental care including exams, x-rays, sealants, restorations (fillings), pediatric crowns, pulpotomies (baby tooth root canals), extractions and other preventative and restorative care. Schools are selected for visits based on the number of students on a free lunch program and the number of children whose families have no access to dental care. With help from school nurses, we target second graders in order to start preventative care as early as possible, and then treat children of any age who are identified as being in pain.