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
- 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:
- Charitable Organizations:
- Federally Qualified Health Clinics
- Dental Public Health Clinics
- Dental Hygiene Program Clinics:
- For low-cost preventive services, find one of the 16 dental hygiene school program in Georgia for the one nearest you. The cost for x-rays, preventive services, and exams range from $25-70. Although student care involves a longer appointment time and number of appointments to complete care, the high level of quality care received makes it worth it. http://www.softsmiles.net/facilities.php
- Dental School Program:
- The Augusta University Dental School in Georgia can help to provide low-cost dental services, such as fillings and crowns. To learn more about becoming a new patient, go to this link: http://www.augusta.edu/dentalmedicine/newpatient/index.php
- Many dental care options have waiting lists, due to the demand for services. Regardless, it is recommended to get on multiple waiting lists to get into a care system sooner.
- In the meantime, clean your teeth and gums daily; eat a healthy, balanced diet (protein, vegetables, fruit, dairy); exercise 3-7 days a week (stretch, take a walk, swim, dance); and reduce sugars found in candy, gum, food and beverages. Remember that whole body health is our goal: the healthier our mouth is, the healthier our bodies can be and vice versa.
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.