The Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® program currently offers 9 state-of-the art, mobile dental vans that are equipped to educate and screen more than 10 million children in a typical year for common oral health conditions. These dental vans are based in hub-cities and travel to under-served rural and urban communities in the United States to help raise awareness about the importance of children's oral health. Request a van visit today.
What happens during a Mobile Dental Van visit?
We help make oral health education and dental screenings fun! When children visit the dental van they are greeted by friendly volunteers, and a reassuring environment to help make the experience easy and enjoyable. Our van visits feature engaging games and videos that educate and entertain children as they await their free dental screening.
How do our dental vans operate? Colgate's mobile dental vans measure 32 feet long, nearly the size of a mobile home! There are 2 child-sized dental chairs aboard, so we can screen 2 children at a time. Children up to 12 years of age can receive free dental screening with parent or guardian consent.
The average dental screening lasts approximately two minutes. Our free screenings are visual examinations conducted inside the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® mobile dental vans by volunteer dental professionals. Parents and guardians receive screening results, and a referral to local dentists if needed.*
After the screening, children take home learning materials, Colgate® kid's toothpaste and toothbrush, and brushing instructions to help build healthy habits at home.