Where/How to Access Oral Health Care?
Health and well-being include all body parts, including the mouth. Good oral health supports lifelong health, learning, job success, and relationships with others. Unfortunately, many children and adults suffer from painful tooth decay (cavities) that can impact their every day life. The best protection from cavities is good oral hygiene, regular access to professional care, a healthy diet of low sugar food and beverages, the mineral fluoride, dental sealants and remaining tobacco free.
Changes in the mouth often are the first signs of problems elsewhere in the body. Poor oral health may affect your outcomes with diseases and health conditions such as diabetes, immune disorders, heart disease and having pre-term low birth weight babies. There are many other health conditions that may have poor outcomes when your oral health is not good. If you are having problems finding oral health care, there are several ways to find access to care. Please look at these resources listed below to help you locate oral healthcare services in your community.
For those who do not have a dental home, the Illinois State Dental Society has compiled a patient focused map of fixed and mobile dental clinics across the state. Location, services provided, eligibility, and contact information are available for most sites. It is comprised primarily of federally qualified health centers (FQHC’s), local health department clinics, charitable clinics, school dental clinics and mobile or portable outreach programs.
Dental Insurance Resources
For those who are interested in purchasing dental insurance outside of employment options:
starting at $112.46/year
member benefits-you must join to get information
Nationwide network; can just get dental insurance
Lists several plans like Aetna must be a member they want personal information. Lists other insurances like Aetna, Cigna and others.
Need personal info to quote
member resources need to sign in
Must sign in and answer questions on plan information
You can compare medical plans
sign in with zip code
must fill out a form on the homepage
Each dental insurance service has coverage variables that include age, location, zip code, coverage and the income of household. Contact each company to determine cost and coverage.