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Hours & Contact

Burre Mobile Dental

959 Myrtle Avenue
Eureka, CA 95501

Phone: (707) 442-7078
Fax: (707) 442-7298


The Mobile Dental Van through Open Door Community Health Centers has been opporating for over 20 years, bringing much needed dental care to Humboldt’s pediatric population. By partnering with local elementary schools, we bring the care to you! With a fun child-centered approach, we are able to offer comprehensive top quality care to children without having them miss much class time and without parents having to miss work (of course, parents are welcome to attend appointments if they wish). We accept Medi-Cal/Partnership, all forms of insurance, and work with those without insurance. No child will be turned away due to inability to pay.
This is a great opportunity to:

  • Establish a dental home at Open Door
  • Complete the required School Oral Health Assessment form
  • Prevent future pain and/or infection
  • Build a healthy positive attitude around oral health


  • Comprehensive exam / X-rays
  • Cleanings
  • Sealants
  • White fillings
  • Stainless steel crowns
  • Extractions
  • hygiene education
  • Referral options for complex needs

Our Mobile Dental Van

Our Experience

  • We strive to create a fun and fear-free zone where children develop a positive association with dental care. Children often feel more comfortable in the van than in a traditional clinic. They feel brave and independent at school and see their friends leaving the van with smiles and prizes.
  • We allow the children to play games during minor downtimes, offer music for them to listen to during treatment, and award prizes.
  • We educate the children about oral health and nutrition. We aim to empower them to care about their health.
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Participating Schools

Participating schools for 2022-2023:

  • Walker Elementary
  • Arcata Elementary
  • Cuddeback Elementary
  • Lafayette Elementary
  • Trinidad Elementary

Ask your school when the van is coming. Dates vary based on how many patients sign up at each school. You can register your child online or ask your school for a paper registration packet.



  • We offer exams, cleanings, preventive care (sealants, fluoride treatments), fillings, stainless steel crowns, and oral health education.
  • We use white filling material. Crowns are silver. The size of the cavity determines which treatment is needed.
  • No, you choose when you would like to be present. Appointments are made during school hours. Please be aware that there is not enough room on the van for parents/guardians to stand, you may observe from the door.
  • We accept Medi-Cal/Partnership, all private insurances, and work with those without insurance. No child will be turned away due to inability to pay.
  • You may register them for the van.Treatment is often completed much faster through the van. A new exam will be completed and treatment may change per the dentist’s discretion. *You must pick to complete treatment at the clinic or the van, children should not be seen at 2 locations.
  • Baby teeth help your child speak, chew, and smile. The teeth impact how the face develops and holds space for the permanent adult tooth underneath. A decayed tooth can lead to pain/infection, impact to the adult tooth beneath, poor social skills, and behavioral issues.
  • We use behavioral guidance methods and work with your child to overcome big feelings. If your child is uncooperative and cannot be treated safely without sedation, we will refer you to a pediatric specialist.
  • If you take your child regularly (every 6 months) to a dentist, we suggest you stay with your established provider. If you would like to completely transfer care to Open Door, you may register. Please note that future exams/treatment will be at the Burre or Fortuna dental clinics.
  • You will need to take your child to either the Burre or Fortuna dental clinics for their 6 month check-up. Please call your nearest clinic to schedule.
  • Yes, no child will be turned away due to inability to pay.
  • This is decided on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us directly to discuss.
  • Yes, you can register younger siblings and bring them to the van. Please notify the van directly if you plan to do this.
  • Please reach out to our Dental Van Administrators at (707) 442-7078.
    Barbara Davis extention 4521. Ermelinda Tinajero extention 4550.

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