EUGENE, Ore. -- This trailer truck was specially-designed by dentist Cedric Hayden to bring dental care to anywhere in the world. Everything that can be found in the average dentist's office can be found in the mobile clinic.
This converted shipping container has a waiting room in the front, a sterilization room in the back, and has a fully-equipped dental chair. The only difference is that this office has large shipping container doors on one side.
Hayden said that the first stop for the clinic is going to be Micronesia, a cluster of islands in the Pacific Ocean.
"They only have dentists in hospitals, they have no private dentists on the islands." said Hayden.
Hayden said he developed the non-profit organization Caring Hand to Mouth to provide dental treatment for low income families.
He is now recruiting other dentists to help him provide free care in the mobile dental clinic overseas. Hayden said that while it may be hard to find volunteers willing to make the trip, the real work starts when they are working with people in the Micronesian Islands.
Caring Hand to Mouth is working with a company out of Portland to ship the mobile dental clinic overseas. They are hoping for a grant to help cover the $10,000 transportation expense to get the container to Micronesia.