How To Find An Affordable Dentist With No Insurance
How to find an affordable dentist with no insurance is not an easy task, but it is well worth the effort to find a place locally that can help you. About 108 million Americans have no dental insurance. The American Dental Association (ADA) advises regular dental visits in order to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
How do you make these visits if you do not have dental insurance?
- Go online to the website for the federal Health Resources and Services Administration type in your address, click on "Find Health Centers", and you will get federally-funded centers near you which will provide dental care and other health services for you and your family even if you have no insurance.
- Dental schools and colleges usually have clinics where the students (supervised by qualified dentists) can offer services which are sometimes free.
- Many local dentists will provide exams, fillings, cleanings, etc., especially to children. Check with these affordable dentists located near you.
- Call your state dental society for recommendations for those affordable dentists or dental clinics who offer charitable or low-cost care.
- Ask your local Health Department if they provide free dental services or can refer you to an affordable dentist who will.
- Most who are covered under Medicaid can get dental care at no or low cost. Minimum services required for those Medicaid recipients below he age of twenty-one include pain relief, the restoring of teeth, and dental maintenance. States set their own guidelines, so check to see what coverage is available.
- Contact your local United Way because one of their missions is to work through local affordable dentists to provide charitable dental care.
- Often churches will have a list of affordable dentists who are willing to give some dental care to those in need who have no insurance.
- Watch your newspaper's "local events" because you can often find notices of special days when free dental services are offered.