OPTION 2: CURRENTLY OFFERS ON-SITE DENTAL SERVICES
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Health centers who currently offer on-site dental services can expand their dental services through expanding their on-site direct dental services. Another option for health centers is to expand off-site direct services which includes teledentistry, mobile dental units, academic partnerships, and more. Health centers can also expand their contracting services.
Expansion of Contracting Services
Health centers that already contract for dental services may consider expanding their contracting services as a strategy to increasing dental services.
Expansion of On-Site Direct Services
Health centers that currently offer on-site dental services have various options for expanding oral health care access. One common strategy is through the expansion of on-site direct dental services. Health centers may expand on-site direct dental services through establishing new sites or by renovating/expanding existing locations. Health centers may also expand on-site direct dental services with the integration of oral health and primary care practice (IOHPCP).
Expansion/Addition of Off-Site Direct Services
Another option for expanding oral health services for health centers who have a dental program is the expansion or addition of off-site direct services. This can be accomplished through mobile/portable dental units, hospital-based dentistry, teledentistry, public housing based health centers, and school-based health programs.
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