Frequently Asked Questions

How do I qualify to participate in the Volunteer for Dental program?

1. You must be a resident of Muskegon or Oceana County;
2. Not have dental insurance;
3. Qualify financially by being 250% of household income or less.

How do I find volunteer opportunities for dental services?

Volunteer for Dental partners with over 30 non-profit organizations in Muskegon and Oceana counties that offer volunteer opportunities. We will provide you with a list of the organizations and their contact information.

What if I have physical limitations regarding volunteering?

Many of our non-profit partners offer volunteering opportunities that allow you to sit, move around as needed, and no heavy lifting. People of all physical capabilities volunteer as participants in our program.

Will I have to pay any money for my dental appointments?

There is no cost for dental services. If you miss or cancel a dental appointment without two business days’ notice, you will be charged $35 for the missed appointment. After a second missed appointment, you will be dismissed from the program.

Who will provide my dental care?

Local, private dentists volunteer during the workday in their private office to complete dental services for program participants.

How do I get started in the Volunteer for Dental program?

Call our office at 231.773.1360 to be screened over the phone. Once you are qualified and registered as a participant, you can then start volunteering and attend our dental health class. Both are required to get your first dental appointment scheduled.

Is there an age limit or age requirement to participate?

There is no age requirement. Our participants are 18 years old or older. In Michigan, children are often eligible for Healthy Kids Dental insurance through the state or Medicaid.

What dental services does Volunteer for Dental offer?

We offer basic dental services including exams, x-rays, fillings, extractions, cleanings, Fluoride treatments, treatment for periodontal disease, sometimes root canals, and sometimes dentures.

I am a dentist and would like to volunteer my time. How do I do participate in the Volunteer for Dental program?

First, thank you for your interest in supporting access to dental care for underserved residents in Muskegon and Oceanna counties! Information for dental offices can be found on the volunteer page.

Still Have a Question?

If you have a question about the Volunteer for Dental program not answered above, please contact us.