Where to Look for Low-Cost Dental Care




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Poor dental health can make life miserable. If you’re suffering from dental problems, it’s likely that you have trouble eating and drinking, and you may feel self-conscious or bad about yourself. Some problems can even develop to the point where they can threaten your overall health.  


Making matters worse, dental problems can be expensive to fix. Luckily, there are ways to receive dental care for free or at a reduced cost. Try exploring these options.


Community Clinic

Community clinics are funded by the federal government and managed by the Health Resources and Services Administration. They provide health services to low-income individuals, and many offer dental help. Services are often provided for free or on a sliding scale, depending on your income.  


You can find a community clinic in your area by visiting the HRSA’s website, or by calling 1-888-ASK-HRSA.


Dental School

Dental schools are another popular option for affordable dental care. You may be nervous about letting a student work on your teeth, but a licensed dentist will be watching them closely. Services are usually provided on a sliding scale. The American Dental Association has a list of accredited dental school programs, which you can find here.


Volunteer Programs

Some volunteer programs, such as Dentistry From The Heart, plan events where low-income individuals can receive free dental care. Generally, these events operate on a first-come, first-served basis, so there is no guarantee that you will receive care, but they may be worth looking into if there is one in your area.


If you’re disabled or elderly and unable to receive care, you may qualify for Donated Dental Services. See their website for requirements in your state.


211

This phone number connects you with local resources. It’s free to call, and they may be able to help you find free or low-cost dental service.  


These resources should allow you to find help in every state. However, these programs are more likely to be available in cities, so you may have to travel if you live in a rural or suburban area.

By Luke Smith

 



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