Affordable Dental Care
As you know, oral health is important to your overall quality of life. For seniors, maintaining oral health becomes doubly important. This is because as you age, you become more susceptible to diseases. Of course, it would be ideal to have regular dental check-ups and have yourself treated whenever an oral issue arises. But access to regular dental care is often difficult for seniors. Medicare doesn't cover it. Medicaid coverage is limited. Out-of-pocket expenses can be prohibitive to those on a fixed income.
Fortunately, there are organizations that can help. Here are 5 free or low-cost dental care options for seniors & and persons with disabilities:
1. The first place you should start is the toothwisdom.org, a site dedicated to health resources for older adults. Aside from the informative articles on the site, you can also make use of the care locator tool, which will direct you to where you can find low-cost dental care in your area.
2. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) supports federally-funded health centers for those with no insurance or limited income. Many offer sliding scale (based on what you can afford) payments. Visit the site or call 1–888–275–4772.
3. Dental schools are an option for good low-cost care as many have clinics where students get experience working on patients and with dentures. The ADA's website has a listing of schools by state.
4. The Dental Life Network (formerly the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped) provides “access to comprehensive dental services for people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically at-risk.”
5. The non-profit Dentistry From The Heart (DFTH) provides “free dental care to those in need.” Volunteer dentists and hygienists donate their time for events around the country. Due to the number of patients serviced in every event, treatments only include cleaning, filling, and extraction.
Caring for the most vulnerable in our society is of utmost importance. Our mission is to be a resource and of service to seniors and persons with disabilities. If there is anything, we can do to help you or someone you know, please give us a call at (402) 200-5555!