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mnmama   in reply to niche4442   on

Need dental help

Contact your local First Call for Help- through your United Way or dial 211 on a land line. There are programs out there that provide free dental care. You can also google First Call for Help, Tampa, FL, and see a possible listing. First call for help provides referals to agencies that can help you in your community, from help with a deposit for rent, low-income housing, furniture assistance, clothing assistance, medical and dental referalls, and so much more. Good Luck
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Need dental help

My wife and I are on social security and cannot afford dental care. I have two teeth that need crowns and on that has the filling out. The teeth that need crowns are cracked. we live just south of Tampa, FL
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Here is a great site with more ideas for free or low cost dental care. Make sure you look around the whole site to find all types of help .There is a good list of dental schools and tons of other information. One thing to note : as with other dental options , there are insurance and credit ideas. If you can pay them back , then great. If you know that they will only get you into more debt that you can't pay DO NOT USE THEM ! Otherwise , this site is great for dental care resources.




Scroll down on the following page and you will find a listing of mobile dental vans/clinics from various sections of the country :



This is a credit card that is only for medical procedures . Among the procedures covered are dental services. Your dentist has to subscribe to this program in order for you to access it , but the site has a search feature so that you can find out what dentists in your area have this plan . Remember , if you can't make the payments  it is still not a good deal .





This is a great place to find Community Dental Health resources in your state or territory:





Free publications about all kinds of dental challenges are found here:



01/19/08 Another place to look for local dental organizations that my help you find low or no cost assistance



 for a credit program for dental procedures. Please know that this program is for PEOPLE WHO CAN PAY THE MONTHLY PREMIUM COSTS .If you can't pay them back ,and you default , you will be paying 30% in interest ! So this is only for extreme problems that you KNOW you can pay back within a year. Still , it might be an alternative for some .




Some of us feel that a low cost dental insurance is a good answer. Unfortunately , there are many 'plans' that are actually scams. Here is the National Association of Insurance Commissioners web site . On this site , you can check any insurance plan to see if it is legitimate . They also offer help in finding an alternative to pay for health bills.



Here is a long list of organizations that are looking for volunteers for their mouth and tooth disease studies . Most studies pay for all your work , transportation and sometimes pay you a small amount more.




This is a program that seems fairly new called Community Oral Health Station. On this site you will find programs for children , elders , the military , low income , disabled and more. 





Although most of these sources are covered in one way or another on my dental Aidpages , you may still find assistance through using them . Some of this information is included in the " government run-around - type - information"category.

Finding Low-Cost Dental  Care                                                                                                                                             

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.

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, visit the NIDCR web site at and click on "NIDCR Studies Seeking Patients." For a complete list of all federally funded clinical trials, visit If you do not have access to the Internet, you may need to visit your local library or ask a friend or family member for assistance.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 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.To find out if there is a dental school in your area, call your state dental society or association. These organizations are listed in your telephone book. For a complete list of dental schools, visit the NIDCR web site at and click on "Finding Dental Care," or contact the National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse at:National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse
Bethesda, Maryland 20892–3500
(301) 402–7364

Bureau of Primary Health Care

The Bureau of Primary Health Care, a service of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), supports federally-funded community health centers across the country that provide free or reduced-cost health services, including dental care. To obtain a list of centers in your area, contact the HRSA Information Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-HRSA (1-888-275-4772) or visit their web site at

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administers three important federally-funded programs: Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

   Medicare is a health insurance program for people who are 65 years and older or for people with specific disabilities. Medicare does not cover most routine dental care or dentures(WHY NOT !!!??-SL). Visit

*       Medicaid is a state-run program that provides medical benefits, and in some cases dental benefits, to eligible individuals and families. States set their own guidelines regarding who is eligible and what services are covered. Most states provide limited emergency dental services for people age 21 or over, while some offer comprehensive services. For most individuals under the age of 21, dental services are provided under Medicaid. Visit

*       SCHIP helps children up to age 19 who are without health insurance. SCHIP provides medical coverage and, in most cases, dental services to children who qualify. Dental services covered under this program vary from state to state. Visit


 CMS can provide detailed information about each of these programs and refer you to state programs where applicable. If you currently have Medicare, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). Others may call 1-877-267-2323 or visit the CMS web site at You can also write to them at the address below:Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21244

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. Check your telephone book for the number of your local United Way chapter.For additional copies of this fact sheet contact:National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse
Bethesda, Maryland 20892–3500
(301) 402–7364


 This publication is not copyrighted.  Make as many copies as you need.

NIH Publication No. 07-6097
Printed November 2006










 State Oral Health Programs


Governmental Oral Health Programs in each state .

1) Contact information for the state dental director or ASTDD representative
2) Description of the oral health program and links to various state profiles
3) Links to a website, newsletters and oral health plan if available
4) Links to dental summit and Head Start oral health forum reports and other state-specific reports



  District of Columbia
  New Hampshire
  New Jersey
  New Mexico
  New York
  North Carolina
  North Dakota
  Rhode Island
  South Carolina
  South Dakota
  West Virginia












Admission Procedures for  Cleft Lip and Palate Repair 

Apply now for admission to Shriners Hospitals. Forms can also be obtained from any Shrine Temple or Shrine Club; by writing to Shriners Hospitals, P.O. Box 31356, Tampa, FL 33631; or by calling the Shriners Hospitals toll-free referral line at 1-800-237-5055. (In Canada, call 1-800-361-7256.) Completed applications should be returned to the nearest Shriners Hospital.






Clinical Trials

Oral Complications of Cancer Therapies

Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease

Dry Mouth

Salivary Gland Disorders

Craniofacial Defects

Tooth Anomalies


TMD/TMJ (Temporomandibular Disorders)



Clinical trials for head , neck and oral cancers

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provides dental services at certain locations. Here is a listing of where they are involved

 but please call the clinic/center before you go to make sure they offer what you want..

Here are some of the services that are provided ;

Bless-A-Child: Reaches out to children with food, clothing, medical services and educational programs. In the United States, this program not only provides children with new shoes, clothing and supplies for school, but also gives them opportunities for extra-curricular activities and tutoring that encourage their growth and development. International programs provide aid to orphanages; assist with food, clothing, education and medical services for disadvantaged children; and helps build, equip and support schools in blighted areas

. Medical Aid: In the United States, we recruit medical professionals and mobilize short-term clinics to address unmet medical needs of at-risk populations such as migrant workers, Native Americans, residents in Appalachia, and under served rural communities. During these clinics, we may offer basic medical, dental and pharmaceutical services as well as eye screenings, dependent upon the needs of the community.

The clinics/centers that participate are :

United States Outreach Centers

ALABAMA - Birmingham
Helpline Christian Outreach Ministries, Inc.
8 Roebuck Drive
Birmingham, AL 35215

El Cajon Foursquare Food Pantry

Templo Calvario
Obras de Amor
2617 W. Fifth Street
Santa Ana, CA 92703

Church in the City
1530 Josephine Street
Denver, CO 80206

Somebody Cares Tampa Bay
100 S. Old Coachman Road
Clearwater, FL 33765

GEORGIA - Atlanta
Christian Ministry Center USA

ILLINOIS - Chicago
Operation Blessing - Chicago
P. O. Box 34637
Chicago, IL 60634

Kentucky - Murray
In His Steps

MICHIGAN - Detroit
Olive Branch Ministries, Inc.
196 O'Riley Ct.
Pontiac, MI 48342

NEW YORK - New York
New York Christian Resource Center
P. O. Box 118
Brooklyn, NY 11228-0118

NORTH CAROLINA -Fayetteville
Operation Blessing - Fayetteville
P. O. Box 2364
Fayetteville, NC 28302

PENNSYLVANIA - Philadelphia
Bethel Deliverance Church
2901 W. Cheltenham Ave.
Wyncote, PA 19095

TENNESSEE - Nashville
Isaiah 58
Belmont Church
68 Music Square East
Nashville, TN 37203

TEXAS - Dallas
People That Care
1829 W. Shady Grove
Grand Prairie, TX 75050

TEXAS - Houston
Turning Point Ministries
Somebody Cares Houston
P.O. Box 570007
Houston, TX 77257-0007

TEXAS - Port Neches
Community Care-Prayer Outreach
P. O. Box 114
Port Neches, TX 77651

VIRGINIA - Hampton Roads
Operation BreakingThrough
9296 Warwick Blvd.,
Newport News, VA 23607

WISCONSIN - Milwaukee
The Milwaukee Outreach Center
6647 W. Mill Road





 Toms of Maine , a natural healthcare company , supports 'Dental care for All" . They have great products and a supportive additude for those of us who need free dental care . Here is their search engine for finding a free/low cost dental clinic  in your area.





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