To help address unmet oral health needs of children and adults, Delta Dental of Missouri, the state’s dental benefits leader and a non-profit organization, recently launched the first edition of its Dental Care Resource Guide.
This new online directory, available at www.DeltaDentalMO.com/ResourceGuide1, aims to help Missourians, who are unable to afford dental care, easily access information about low-cost and free dental care options available in their area.
The Dental Care Resource Guide currently lists more than 100 provider locations offering low-cost dental care, as well as nearly a dozen that provide treatment completely free of charge to those who qualify. In the guide, provider locations are grouped in categories by geographical regions throughout the state. Services offered vary by provider location and can include dental exams, cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings, crowns, root canals, bridges, extractions, dentures and partial dentures.
Included in the directory are several area providers, including: Compass Health, of Sullivan, 888-403-1071; Katy on the Go Mobile Van, Rolla, 573-426-4454; Phelps Health Pediatric Dental Clinic, Rolla, 573-364-9000; Smile Mobile Dental Unit, Rolla, 573-426-2233; and Your Community Health Center, Rolla, 573-426-6718.
“Many of our neighbors in Missouri face tremendous challenges in getting vital dental care,” said Rob Goren, president and chief executive officer at Delta Dental of Missouri. “As a non-profit, we’re committed to helping people in our communities live better lives through improved dental health. That’s why we created this guide to help those in need find low-cost or free care, to connect them with treatment options for dental issues.”
The low-cost and Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) options listed in the Dental Care Resource Guide provide dental services at a discounted rate or sliding fee scale for those with limited financial means. Free clinics and programs provide services at no cost and are made possible by volunteer dental care professionals.
Residents utilizing the guide should always call the listed providers to ensure eligibility, availability of services and whether an appointment is required. Since transportation can be an access barrier, the Dental Care Resource Guide also provides a link to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website and its catalog of free or low-cost transportation services to assist Missourians with travel to and from medical appointments.
To learn more about the Dental Care Resource Guide and access additional helpful oral health news and information, visit www.DeltaDentalMO. com, or find the dental benefits leader on Facebook and Twitter @DeltaDentalMO.