Keiki dental services are back at The Amazing Tooth Bus!
The Amazing Tooth Bus is a state-of-the-art mobile dental office which is owned and operated by Hamakua-Kohala Health. Our staff can assist you with exams, digital x-rays, cleanings, fillings, extractions, root canals, crowns and referrals to specialists. Dental care is an integral part of a patient’s overall health and well-being. Our mission is to educate and begin prevention measures at an early age to encourage good oral hygiene habits, which will lead to healthy adult teeth. If you know someone who cannot afford dental care and they live in Hamakua, Waimea, Waikoloa or Kohala, we offer a Sliding Fee Discount Program to patients who qualify. Financial counselors are available to help determine eligibility. New patients must complete a registration packet which can be picked up at the Kapa’au Clinic.
Hours: Mondays and Fridays, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 808-889-6236 for appointments
Mail: Hamakua-Kohala Health
53-3925 Akoni Pule Hwy., Kapa’au 96755
Please stop by and welcome Dentist Dr. Joseph Coleman.
We are still working very hard on expanding to be able to provide adult services too. Thank you all for your patience and support.
Mobile Dental Background
The need for affordable and accessible dental care for the low-income uninsured and under-insured people of Hawai’i had been discussed by healthcare advocates and social service agencies since the early 1990’s. At that time there was almost no access to dental care for the low-income and Medicaid insured population on the neighbor islands. It wasn’t until a homeless man died in Hilo of complications from a dental infection that resources were allocated for action; community leaders and elected representatives at the county and state level took up the cause. In 1999 the Hawaii Primary Care Association facilitated a fact finding initiative, convening stakeholders from all islands. This paved the way for raising community awareness and eventually for legislative changes. Now dental services are provided in some Community Health Clinics on all the islands in stationary facilities and mobile vans that travel to rural locations.
Hamakua-Kohala Health received Community Development Block Grant Funding through the Hawaii County Office of Housing and Community Development to purchase a mobile dental van that would serve the communities of Hamakua and North Kohala. Equipped with three dental chairs, digital x-ray and computerized dental health records, this “traveling dental office” brings dental care to where the people are. The dental staff includes a dentist, dental assistants and clinic manager. Services include comprehensive dental care, prevention and oral health education.