VDH, Inc.

Mobile Dental Hygiene Care (Nonprofit – 501(c)(3))

Bringing smiles and dignity to dental care


We Bring preventive dental care with compassion and comfort for those with limited access to care.

Visiting Dental Hygiene, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c) (3), mobile dental hygiene program comprised of Public Health Dental Hygienists. This company is focused on providing preventive oral health care services in homeless shelters, nursing homes, schools, and other nontraditional settings. In 2013, Emma Lawson had a vision to bring oral health care to those in underserved populations. These services include dental screenings, oral cancer screenings, oral hygiene instructions, dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and dental referrals.

The goal of the VDH, Inc team is to make dentistry as comfortable and compassionate as it can possibly be. They also strive to build trusting relationships with each person in their care. With this philosophy in mind, they can provide their patients with exceptional dental care and enhance their overall quality of life. Education is a key component to our services. The dental education which we provide to each patient helps them to understand the link between good oral health and whole body health.

As a Mass Health provider we are able to direct bill for those patients with Mass health insurance. We are also able to accept private pay for patients without Mass Health. Many uninsured patients are provided with preventive dental hygiene care every week by Visiting Dental Hygiene, Inc. VDH, Inc provides care to a diversity of facilities and a broad geographic area, which sets us apart from all other public health dental hygiene practices.

What is a Public Health Hygienist?

A public health dental hygienist is a practicing registered dental hygienist who may perform dental hygiene procedures in a public health setting or in home bound settings without the supervision or direction of a dentist.

Meet Our Team

Emma Lawson, RDH, PHDH, BS

Executive Director

Emma has been working as a dental hygienist in private practice for over twenty years. After graduating from the Dental Hygiene program at New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, NH in 1991 she grew to become a hygienist who always strives to learn about what is new in the dental hygiene field. Emma founded Visiting Dental Hygiene, Inc in 2013 and has loved working in public health since the beginning. She received her Bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene from Mount Ida College in 2018. Emma is a member of the Massachusetts Dental Hygiene Association. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children skiing, boating and being active.

Maryellen, RDH

> Maryellen started her dental career as a result of her childhood hygienist.

"Growing up we had the best hygienist and she instilled the love of dentistry in me."

She graduated from Middlesex Community College in 1984 and went into private practice. She has been loving dental hygiene ever since, working in various capacities. She started working with Visiting Dental Hygiene in 2015 and amongst all her jobs, public health is her favorite. She is the proud mom of two children and her grand dog, Blake. She enjoys cooking, refinishing furniture and reading, but most of all, relaxing at the beach.

Carol, RDH

Carol graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA in 1994. She has been working in private practice for the past 25 years and joined the Visiting Dental Hygiene team in 2018. Carol truly enjoys working in the public health arena and strives to encourage healthy dental habits in those that she serves. Carol enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and her two kitties – Lola and Sandy.

Danielle, RDH

Danielle has worked as a dental hygienist for more than 25 years. She graduated from The University of Rhode Island with a bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene and began her career in private practice. While she loves the predictable flow of a typical dental office, working as a public health dental hygienist has been an exciting challenge. She joined our team in 2020 and works with us part time. Danielle enjoys being with her family and makes her home on the south shore.

Alex, RDH

Alex always loved going to the dentist since she can remember. This influenced her to study dental assisting at her vocational high school and later received her Bachelors in Dental Hygiene from Mount Ida College in 2017. She has since been working in private practice and joined Visiting Dental Hygiene in 2020. Alex loves being able to give accessible dental hygiene care to all different communities. Alex has a passion for traveling, enjoys being outdoors and loves animals.

Carrie, RDH

Carrie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2008. She has since worked in private practice as well as an educator at MCPHS. Carrie joined the Visiting Dental Hygiene team as a dental hygienist in 2022. She enjoys spending time with her family and dogs and cheering on the Boston sports teams