Dental clinics and centers provide free or low cost dental care.

Millions of individuals need free or low cost dental care. They may not have access to proper care due to lack of health insurance, maybe their insurance plan or coverage does not pay for it, or maybe the patients income is too low to pay for any type of medical or dental bills. There are numerous community clinics, free or low cost centers, government programs, and other dental assistance programs that people can turn to.

Local and state government programs

Resources are available in most regions of the country. Some of the programs the government may finance and run themselves, and there may be some other options that they are aware of and can refer individuals too. Never hesitate to check with government offices to get information on reduced priced or free dental care. Call your state or local health department. In addition, find an extensive listing of government assistance programs.

Dental schools and hospitals

They include both sites that hygienists may train at as well as full fledged dental schools. The locations will often offer care to all patients. How this works is that most sites are really teaching facilities, and well trained students provide the care. They will always be supervised by permanent staff. It benefits everyone involved as the students gain experience, and families and individuals get access to needed care. At all schools and colleges there are dentists overseeing the process, so the quality of the assistance offered stays high and does not suffer from a student providing the care. Contact the American Dental Association (312-440-2500) in order to find a listing of schools that may offer this assistance. Or read more dental school and college clinics.

Dental clinics and health care centers

Most of the funding for these sites comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration. This federal government agency will help fund and provide various forms of support to community health centers that are located in your state, town or county. As part of the funding that these clinics receive, they are obligated to offer free or reduced-cost health and medical services, including dental care, to people of all backgrounds and income levels. Depending on some factors, including your income, family size, and insurance status, you may need to contribute towards your bills. However if your income is low enough, the care offered at these dental clinics should be offered at no cost. Read more on the Health Resources and Services Administration.




Federal government dental assistance programs

There are three main solutions out there that are possibilities. They include Medicaid, Medicare, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which is available for children under a certain age. Specifically, regarding Medicare, the dental coverage provided by this program is limited in nature, and unfortunately it does not cover most routine dental care, dentures, or some other basic services.

Medicare is funded by the federal government, but the terms of the program and what is or isn’t covered is established by your state government. It is a health insurance program that is available for people who are 65 years and older or for those patients who have specific disabilities or a special need. While once again, the rules and coverage is set by the state, in general most states will provide some form of limited emergency dental services for those people and individuals who are age 21 or over. There are some states that will offer much more comprehensive free dental care or services to qualified applicants.

Last, but not least, CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) is another potential solution. It is a government program for children under the age of 19 if they do not have insurance coverage. The exact type and amount of benefits for CHIP are set by your state government as well. However in most cases, dental care is part of what is offered, however the exact type and nature of dental services covered under this assistance program vary from state to state.

Community action agencies and United Way

These not for profit agencies operate in almost every state and county across the united states. They both are great places to call for information on free or reduced-cost dental clinics and services that are available in your local community. Get a listing of community action agencies and learn about dental programs they may offer.




Dental clinics by state

Free or low cost dental care is offered at community clinics. While the availability of services will vary by state and center, each location is committed to doing whatever it can to help the low income and uninsured, including children. If a clinic can’t meet your specific need then they may have referrals for you.
























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