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Dental and Oral Health Center

Finding Low-Cost Dental Care

Proper oral health care is essential towards maintaining one's health. Unfortunately, many people cannot always afford to maintain their smiles. Below are places where you may be able to find low cost dental care in your area.  
 
Clinical Trials
 
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, go to "NIDCR Studies Seeking Patients." For a complete list of all federally funded clinical trials, visit ClinicalTrials.gov. To see if you qualify for any clinical trials being conducted at the Bethesda, Maryland, campus, you can call the Clinical Center's Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office at 1-800-411-1222.
 
Dental Schools
 
Dental schools can be a good source of quality, reduced-cost dental treatment. Most of these teaching facilities have clinics that allow dental students to gain experience treating patients while providing care at a reduced cost. Experienced, licensed dentists closely supervise the students. Post-graduate and faculty clinics are also available at most schools.
Dental hygiene schools may also offer supervised, low-cost preventive dental care as part of the training experience for dental hygienists.
 
Bureau of Primary Health Care
 
The Bureau of Primary Health Care, a service of the Health Resources and Services Administration (1-888-Ask-HRSA), supports federally-funded community health centers across the country that provide free or reduced-cost health services, including dental care. 
 
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administers three important federally-funded programs: Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
 
State and Local Resources
 
Your state or local health department may know of programs in your area that offer free or reduced-cost dental care. Call your local or state health department to learn more about their financial assistance programs. Check your local telephone book for the number to call.
 
United Way
 
The United Way may be able to direct you to free or reduced-cost dental services in your community. Local United Way chapters can be located on the United Way website.  

 
Information contained in this article has been taken directly from National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research website.  

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Last Reviewed: Nov 07, 2012