Mobile and satellite dental services
One goal of the School of Dentistry is to provide community-based clinical services with a focus on South Texas. We offer dental services in places where dental care is scarce, called Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas. We are proud of our Dental Education Outreach Network, which places faculty-supervised student practitioners in clinics, at hospitals, schools, in a mobile van and other settings. Various initiatives have come together to provide education and patient care to areas beyond the Health Science Center campus.
School-based education and care
Students from the School of Dentistry, supervised by faculty, teach children at schools throughout South Texas about oral hygiene and provide dental sealants to the teeth of children whose parents have agreed to allow this preventive measure against cavaties.
Pediatric satellite clinics
Students and faculty are based at the Salinas Outreach Clinic, on San Antonio's west side, at a regional campus in Laredo and at the Children's Hospital of San Antonio, in addition to the Pediatric Clinic on the UT Health Science Center campus.
Region 11 Medicaid Mobile Dental Program
Part of the Texas Dental Medicaid Initiative, the UT Health Science Center Mobile Dental Clinics are based in Laredo, Texas, and travel to various rural areas to provide comprehensive care to children who are either participating in Medicaid or are Medicaid-eligible. We serve children from birth to age 21. The van spends two days a week in one location, then moves to another location, following a schedule for follow-up care. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (956) 229-9830.