Good Oral Health for Life Blog: Resources

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What resources are available to help me get dental services?

  • Many barriers or obstacles to dental care services can be overcome. Other barriers may be more challenging.  The list below contains helpful information that may reduce some of the mystery about where to go for dental services.

Dental Care Service Options:

  • Medicare dental coverage
  • Medicare Plan A will pay for certain dental services that you get when you're in a hospital. Part A can pay for if you need to have emergency or complicated dental procedures, even though the dental care isn't covered.
  • Medicare Advantage Plans: Each county has is unique, so actual coverage and plan acceptance must be verified!
  • Dental services may include x-rays, cleaning, basic fillings and non-cosmetic procedures
  • Delta Dental
  • Aetna
  • United Healthcare
  • Medicaid dental coverage
  • Medicaid will cover services for eligible children to the age of 21
  • Medicaid will cover services for pregnant females during pregnancy
  • Adults over 21 are eligible for extractions only at this time

Low (or no) Cost Dental Services Resource Links:

Pam Cushenan, MS TDEV, RDH, ATI, Is a licensed practitioner of dental hygiene since 1987 and the CEO and founder of SOFT Smiles, LLC in 2006. After many years of working with older adults and cognitively impaired patients, she developed the SOFT SmilesTM training program for caregivers of aging special needs patients. Pam has devoted much time and energy to developing resources and reaching an ever-growing number of caregivers across Georgia. She conducts education and training courses for families, care providers, and health professionals to provide them with the latest information in addressing the needs of this special population. In addition, she makes time to provide preventive oral care services to elders in long-term care settings.

In 2005, she joined the faculty of Georgia State University Perimeter College, Dunwoody as a full-time educator in the dental hygiene program. To date, a number of her articles have been published in oral health columns for the Alzheimer’s Association Magazine, RDH, Modern Hygienist, the Sunstar Dental Hygiene Newsletter, and Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. Today, she works tirelessly to combine her training techniques and educational methods to benefit students, professional and family caregivers, and functionally independent seniors in presentations and workshops across the country.