FREE AND LOW COST DENTAL HELP
FOR DENTURES , BROKEN TEETH ,
PAIN , Fillings , Dental Surgery , and in Some Cases
Free Dental Cosmetic and Reconstructive Assistance.
MISSION OF MERCY
Mission of Mercy events are happening all over the country ! What are they ? MOM events last 2-3 days and are free events where dental professionals and laypeople provide free dental care to whoever needs it. It is that simple. The following page has listings of places , dates and times of the events throughout the U.S.
You would think the government would wisen up and see that if they are out to save costs , providing much needed REAL dental care would save much money from falling out of the medical pockets of the ones concerned with the financial aspect of the whole "deal" . Intelligence is not the governments strong point , is it ?
"The surgeon general’s report, Oral Health in America, reports that research has shown chronic oral infections can lead to heart and lung diseases, diabetes and stroke, premature births, and low birth weights. Tooth decay and associated pain effect daily activities for four to five million children and adults a year. "-
Above quote from :http://www.raconline.org/info_guides/dental/
mmmmmmmmmm........And then the government complains of taking care of all these peoples' medical needs. Who really needs a check-up ?
An idea : take all the dental benefits from all government personal and make it impossible for them to get REAL AND GOOD dental care. They would get wise fast.
Here is a page with links to each state for dental assistance. It is probably more of a starting point to find information through contacts. If there is a contact person listed , call or e-mail them with your dental challenge and find if they have a solution.
PAGE 2 DENTAL HELP PAGE . MORE LOW COST AND FREE DENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Is a dental plan worth it ? Find out by clicking on the link below. Don't miss the comments at the end of the article !
This article may be a year old , but there hasn't been much improvement at all in dental help for those who don't have dental coverage and those who can't afford the dentist. This story is so sad . I bet there are many people who can relate along with me.
Don't forget that February Give Kids a Smile Month !
OPEN WIDE! NATION'S DENTISTS ADDRESS ACCESS
WITH FREE CARE FOR KIDS
Low-income children to benefit from annual
Give Kids A Smile! events
CHICAGO — February is National Children's Dental Health Month and on Feb. 1, more than 51,000 dental professionals will provide free dental services to more than 500,000 children from low-income families, at more than 2,000 sites nationwide. It's all part of the American Dental Association's (ADA) sixth annual Give Kids A Smile program, which offers educational materials, screenings and, where possible, free dental care such as cleaning, fluoride treatments, fillings and even more intensive care.
Go here for more information : http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/ada/31171/
* Please note : I have no money to help people. All I have is my resources. Although I would love to help people individually , I can only do this on a limited basis , as I am struggling with my own issues. I will continue to help as much as I can , in as many ways as I can , but please try to find your information from my pages and do some research before you ask me for individual help. Asking me for help when the resources are right there is inconsiderate of my hard work and my own tiring medical conditions. If I don't reply to your message , it is because there are tons of other people who need help too.
Thank you , soulight
If you are a person who may have any ties to government funding
for low income dental care please read the following .
People need more than just having their teeth pulled.
It is time that ALL people who live in the United States have COMPLETE dental care benefits. The 15,000 plus people who have accessed this page need an answer NOW.
Some facts may be dated in the following , but I can say without doubt , THE SITUATION IS MUCH WORSE TODAY.
FACTS ON ORAL HEALTH IN AMERICA
22 percent of adults report some form of oral-facial pain in the past six months.
Oral and pharyngeal cancers, which are primarily diagnosed in the elderly, are diagnosed in about 30,000 Americans annually and 8,000 die from this disease each year.
Only 58 percent of the rural population had visited a dentist in the previous year, while 67 percent of urban residents had done so, according to a study utilizing 1999 National Health Interview Survey data.
Large metropolitan areas have about 62 dentists per 100,000 population; most rural counties have only about 29 dentists per 100,000 population.
Rural adults ages 18 to 64 are nearly twice as likely as urban residents to have lost all their teeth.
Rural adults (33 percent) are more likely than non-rural adults (26 percent) to have untreated dental decay.
58 percent of the rural elderly (over age 65) had not seen a dentist in the previous year compared to 47 percent of the urban elderly.
38 percent of rural elderly and 27 percent of urban elderly had not seen a dentist in the previous three years.
72 percent of rural and 66 percent of urban elderly lack dental insurance.
37 percent of rural and 27 percent of urban elderly are edentulous (have no remaining teeth).
Sources: American Association of Public Health Dentistry, http://www.aaphd.org; Rural Assistance Center, http://www.raconline.org; National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services, 2004 Report to the Secretary, ftp://ftp.hrsa.gov/ruralhealth/NAC04web.pdf; National Rural Health Association, http://www.nrharural.org.
Most items on this page are for National searches. I am starting to classify dental help by state ,but this page is still the place to start for help with dental needs.
DENTAL SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED STATES :
Many dental schools offer free or greatly reduced dental care. Don't worry about the quality , only advanced students will be doing the work ,and even then highly supervised by their professors.
This is the best search for dental health programs that I have found so far . All you have to do is go to this page and enter the state you live in (left sidebar)
Donated Dental Services (DDS)
" The Donated Dental Services (DDS) program is a collaborative, direct way that the dental profession reaches out to individuals with special needs.
Because of the extraordinary compassion of over 2,600 dental laboratories and 12,000 dentists across the country, DDS tends to the essential and comprehensive dental care needs of our nation’s most vulnerable people; disabled, elderly or medically-compromised individuals who cannot afford necessary treatment nor get public aid. DDS patients have slipped through the cracks of Medicaid and Medicare programs with nowhere else to turn."
For more information about Donated Dental Services, please contact your county Dept. of Aging, or Health & Human Services , your local United Way
Your local dental association.
Here's a page that I just found .It shows directly where donated dental services are in each state. Some of the programs are by state and some are through the national programs
I HOPE THIS LINK WORKS ,THE LAST ONE EXPIRED :0
More links for Donated Dental resources :
MORE ORAL HEALTH RESOURCES , BY STATE . SOME MAY REQUIRE MEDICAID . MOST STATES LIST MORE THAN ONE SOURCE , THOUGH.
"FREE MEDICAL CLINICS AND FREE DENTAL CLINICS AND CAMPS ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES" - IS THE TITLE OF THIS PAGE. SOME OF THE CLINICS LISTED ARE COMMUNITY CLINICS , SOME OF THEM ARE PRIVATE.
This site is by a wonderful lady dentist . I wrote to her about low income dental care and she took the time to send a very nice note back to me. The whole site is great. Here is the page for low income dental care :
THIS IS A SITE CALLED "COVER THE UNINSURED" THERE ARE LINKS BY STATE (WHICH COME UP IN PDF FORM )
BOTH MEDICAL AND DENTAL ISSUES MAY BE COVERED. YOU NEED TO CALL THE INDIVIDUAL ORGANIZATIONS.
THIS CAN BE A GREAT SERVICE. IN MY TOWN , I WENT TO A FAITH BASED CLINIC THAT GAVE ME FREE MEDICATIONS FOR 3 MONTHS AT A TIME - TOTAL COST OF $4,500.00 !!! THIS WAS WHEN I HAD NO INSURANCE AT ALL .MEDICAID INCLUDED. NOT ALL PLACES WILL BE LIKE THIS , BUT GIVE IT A TRY !
Contact your state dental society . They should have up-to-date information about the plans , programs and clinics in your state.
Free cosmetic dentistry for survivors of domestic violence
The Give Back A Smile program is dedicated to providing cosmetic dental care at no cost to all survivors of domestic violence. 1-800-773-GBAS (4227)
If you or a loved one are handicapped/disabled :
National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped/Disabled
NFDH is a national charitable organization solely dedicated to meeting the needs of citizens with physical, medical, and mental disabilities.
All of the Foundation's programs have the same simple goal -- helping as many of our most vulnerable citizens as possible receive dental health services.
They national foundation has three different programs. Here is the page that explains all of them:
If you are in pain right now ,
don't suffer any longer. This page is for taking care of that pain so you can at least function day to day until you get more help.
Society of Singers Financial Assistance
"The Society helps singers meet financial needs resulting from crises or other circumstances. Charitable grants may be provided toward basic necessities of life such as food, shelter, utilities, medical/dental assistance, HIV/AIDS treatment, substance abuse rehab, psychotherapy and other basic expenses. Any individual, who has derived his or her primary income as a professional singer for at least five years or more, may qualify for assistance; eligible years do not have to be consecutive."
American Dental Association
Check with your local dental society for low cost and free dental programs in your area.
Periodontists treat the gums. Many of us who have problems with our teeth also have problems with our gums. I found one program in my state that was going to have a dental day all day for low income kids.There also are periodontal schools that provide free and low cost help.
FIND DENTISTS who participate in MEDICARE
MAY BE ABLE TO HELP YOU FIND DENTAL ASSISTANCE WHERE YOU LIVE.
OR TRY : CATHOLIC CHARITIES FOR HELP :
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR),
" one of the
federal government’s National Institutes of Health,leads the nation in conducting and supporting research to improve oral health.
As a research organization, NIDCR
does not provide financial assistance for dental treatment. The following resources, however, may help you find the dental care you need.
NIDCR sometimes seeks volunteers with specific dental, oral, and craniofacial conditions to participate in research studies, also known as clinical trials.
Researchers may provide study participants with limited free or low-cost dental treatment for the particular condition they are studying.
To find out if there are any NIDCR clinical trials that you might fit into, visit the NIDCR web site at
http://www.nidcr.nih.gov and click on “NIDCR Studies Seeking Patients.”
For a complete list of all federally funded clinical trials, visit http://clinicaltrials.gov.
To see if you qualify for any clinical trials being conducted at our Bethesda, Maryland, campus,
you can call:
the Clinical Center’s Patient Recruitment and Public
Liaison Office at
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