How Do I Find a Dentist?
The Oral Health program does not operate dental clinics but provides funding to a few agencies to provide dental care. Listed below are ways you may be able to find dental care for you and your family.
Dental Care Programs in Ohio (also known as Safety Net Clinics)
These programs provide dental care and are mostly operated by local health departments, health centers, hospitals and other organizations. The programs often serve patients covered by Medicaid and offer sliding-fees, reduced fees or free care to patients who can't afford to pay a private dentist.
Click on Safety Net Clinics in the left menu to find out how to obtain dental care through one of these programs.
OPTIONSDental OPTIONS (Ohio Partnership To Improve Oral health through access to Needed Services) is a program offered by the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Dental Association. OPTIONS helps people without dental insurance who have a low income and/or special health care needs. If eligible, a patient is matched with a volunteer OPTIONS dentist who has agreed to provide dental care for lower fees.
Click on OPTIONS in the left menu to find out how to get dental care through this program, or to find out how to enroll as a volunteer dentist or dental lab.
Healthy Start/Healthy Families
Children, families and pregnant women can get free and low-cost dental care through Healthy Start/Healthy Families, Ohio's Medicaid program run by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Besides dental care, many other types of health care such as doctor visits, prescriptions, hospital care and vaccines are covered.
Click on Healthy Start/Healthy Families in the left menu to learn more about this program and how to apply.
A one-page fact sheet describes how the Oral Health program tries to increase access to dental care for people in Ohio.
Last Updated: 6/10/14
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