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Avoid costly dental procedures by taking good daily care of your teeth and gums. Check out Dental Care Every Day: A Caregiver's Guide published by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. A number of additional booklets concerning oral care of people with disabilities are also available and linked at the bottom of this guide.
Many low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities struggle to find oral health care services, because very few dentists accept insurance programs. Access to dental care can be improved by increasing reimbursement rates for providers.
Important Note: The following resources offer low cost and sometimes free Dental Services for people with disabilities. Be certain to clarify how much you will be expected to pay prior to receiving services from the providers listed.
Providers by State:
CA / IL / NC / OH / PA / RI / WI
(Official USPS State Abbreviations)
provides links to free and very low cost medical and dental clinics throughout the United States listed by state.
National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped, in partnership with state dental associations, offers Donated Dental Services (DDS) Programs in 34 states. Via DDS people with disabilities on a fixed income are given access to free comprehensive dental treatment. To locate the program in your state, visit the Foundation's DDS information page here.
University of the Pacific School of Dentistry offers a Special Needs Program that provides dental care for patients with a wide variety of special needs including individuals with significant medical problems, developmental disabilities, psychiatric disorders, people who are highly anxious about dental care, and elderly individuals. Dental services can be provided in an individual's home or at one of more than 220 dental offices located throughout California. Flexible payment options are available. For more information, call (415) 929-6675.
Illinois Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped, via the Donated Dental Services program, provides people with disabilities and the elderly free or very low cost dental services. Qualified applicants must be permanently disabled, chronically ill, or elderly. Each personís condition must be severe enough to prohibit or significantly limit gainful employment. In addition, they can neither afford dental care nor receive it through other programs. They must need extensive treatment, not just a cleaning and check-up. To find a provider in the Chicago area, call (800) 893-1685, outside of the Chicago area, call (800) 699-6785.
North Carolina Safety Net Dental Clinics are non-profit dental facilities where low income families or individuals can receive very low cost dental care. It should be noted however that many of these dentists are not trained to work specifically with people with disabilities.
Ohio Department of Health offers Dental OPTIONS, a program that assists Ohioans with special health care needs and/or financial barriers to obtain dental care. Eligible patients are matched with volunteer OPTIONS dentists who have agreed to reduce fees. For more information, or to request an application to the program, call (888) 765-6789.
Accessible Dental Services, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides quality dental care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
They use a combination of facilities-based services, along with a mobile unit, to create a superior dental experience for the patient. For more information contact Karen Noah, RN, Director of Operations, 163 Thorn Hill Road, Warrendale, PA 15086, (412) 820-1015 ext. 633, Fax (724) 772-9642 or visit the website for a contact request form.
Rhode Island Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped offers the Donated Dental Services Program to qualifying individuals with disabilities. There is generally no charge for services. For more information, call (401) 728-9448.
Joseph Samuels Dental Center located on the Rhode Island Hospital campus in Providence, Rhode Island concentrates on treating children and adults with special needs. For more information, call the hospital at (401) 444-4000.
Wisconsin Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped through the Donated Dental Service (DDS) program offers free comprehensive dental care services to people of all ages with a serious disability, advanced age, or medical condition that do not have enough income to pay for dental care. There is no cost to qualifying individuals, however if you can pay for part of the care, you may be encouraged to do so. For an application or more information on the program, call Milwaukee (414) 276-0370. (888) 338-6852.
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Department of Health and
Family Services, State of Wisconsin, Consumer Guide to Health Care, Free or Reduced-Fee Dental Services offers a list of free or reduced-fee dental programs or clinics in the state of Wisconsin.
Family Dental Center offers free dentistry and will treat people with disabilities. Those patients who need assistance transferring to the dentist chair must bring their own assistant or caregiver. The Family Dental Center is located at 3500 W. Lisbon Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53208, or phone: (414) 342-0378. The Program Service Area is the City of Milwaukee, Central City and the West Side.
Marquette University School of Dentistry, Advanced Care assesses treatment when you visit for an exam. They will not be taking patients now until September, however, you can call and schedule after June 1, 2007. Write for more information to P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881, or call (414) 288-1510 (English), (414) 288-1520 (Spanish).
The Max W. Pohle Dental Clinic provides dental care with a special focus on persons with particular medical needs. Special payment plans for the uninsured are available. The clinic is located in Madison and for more information for the treatment of persons with special needs for dentist care they can be reached by phone at (608) 267-6500. One can schedule an exam to assess treatment, however, there is a several month wait list for treatment.
Dr. Steven R. Schnoll, DDS accepts patients with special needs in the Milwaukee area at 2669 N. Swan Blvd.,
Milwaukee, WI 53226-1800. For more information, call (414) 258-2216.
Strupp Family Dentistry Dr. Tobin J. Strupp,
14335 W. Capitol Dr.,
Brookfield, WI 53005, accepts patients with special needs in the Milwaukee area. For more information, call 262-783-3311
South Side Guadalupe Dental Clinic, 1112 S. 3rd Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204, (414) 643-8787.
Dr. David Walther accepts patients with special needs in the Madison area at the East Clinic at 49 N. Walbridge Ave., Madison, WI 53714. For more information, call: (608) 246-2555 or Fax: (608) 443-1774.
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