Who Are We?
The San Mateo County Dental Society SMCDS Dental Health Foundation SMCDS DHF is a 501(c):(3) charitable non-profit organization founded in 1973, known at that time as Health on Wheels and recognized throughout the county by three subsequent generations of our Brushmobile until 2000 when the bus was retired. Today, SMCDS DHF functions as the Community Outreach arm of SMCDS to promote and improve the oral health of our community by collaborating with and providing financial / professional dental support to county health and education organizations to deliver oral health / dental services to our underserved populations as well as educating both young and old on the importance of oral health to their overall health. SMCDS DHF has been recognized by state and local governments for our deep concern and unselfish dedication to improving dental health among the needy children and elderly of our county.
What's Our Mission?
SMCDS DHF is dedicated to promoting and improving the oral health of our community through education and programs that support delivery of oral health / dental services to our underserved populations.
Needy Kids Programs
National Children's Dental Access Day - provides dental services free of charge to children from one to 21 years of age who otherwise would not have received dental care.
A statewide initiative to address the "silent epidemic" of Early Childhood Caries affecting children ages 0-5.
A free training program to provide general dentists with increased skills needed to treat young children, including children with physical and/or developmental disabilities.
SMCDS DHF's response to the Kindergarten Oral Health Requirement: legislation that requiring children to have a dental check-up by May 31st of their first year in public school.
Dental Clinics/Events for the Underserved
Financial support/grants and volunteer staffing/pro-bono dental care coordination with public service non-profit dental care providers:
San Mateo Medical Center Dental Clinics
Making A Difference
Ability to give back to the community not only sets our member dentists apart from the general population but is in part what drives them as dental professionals. Up-to-date information on worthwhile programs in which members make a difference in our community is available 24/7 on the smcds.com website, announced monthly via SMCDS Member eNews, and reported on regularly in our bimonthly newsletter, the Mouthpiece.
SMCDS Brushmobile 1971-1984 w/Auxiliary Puppet Show
SMCDS BRUSHMOBILE II 1984-1990
SMCDS BRUSHMOBILE II SPRUCED-UP & RE-DEDICATED 1990 RETIRED 2000