The Oral Health program does not operate dental clinics but provides funding to selected 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 treatment services and generally are operated by local health departments, community health centers, hospitals and other organizations within a community. The programs typically serve patients covered by Medicaid and offer sliding-fee schedules, reduced fees or free care to patients who can't afford to pay a private dentist.
Click on Safety Net Clinics to find out how to obtain dental care through one of these programs.
Dental OPTIONS (Ohio Partnership To Improve Oral health through access to Needed Services) is a program offered by the Ohio Department of Health in partnership with the Ohio Dental Association. OPTIONS helps uninsured Ohioans with special health care needs and/or financial barriers to obtain dental care. After eligibility is determined, patients are matched with volunteer OPTIONS dentists who have agreed to provide dental care for reduced fees.
Click on OPTIONS to find out how to obtain 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 coverage through Healthy Start/Healthy Families, Ohio's Medicaid program administered through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. In addition to dental care, many other health care services such as doctor visits, prescriptions, hospital care and immunizations are covered.
Click on Healthy Start/Healthy Families to learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply.
A one-page synopsis is available which describes how the Oral Health program tries to increase access to dental care for Ohioans.
Last Updated: 3/18/13
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