Welcome to the Safety Net Dental Clinic Manual, designed to help safety net dental clinic staff with all aspects of clinic development and ongoing operations. This manual is designed for all staff—whether experienced clinic directors, new administrators, or somewhere in between. Operating a safety net dental clinic can be challenging, and this manual was designed to help with this important task.


The manual was developed by a team of experts. Funding for the second edition of the manual was provided by the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement and by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau under cooperative agreement (U44MC30806) to Georgetown University, National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.



This material includes general guidelines. The laws of each state may vary, and the reader may want to contemplate seeking legal advice from an attorney licensed in the state the health care provider practices for specific guidance.