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Dental Care is a Concern for Denton County

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Fourth Leading Health Concern for Denton County: Dental Care

Why has dental care become the fourth leading health concern for Denton County? Not only does the cost of a normal health care checkup from a doctor take a toll on a person’s pay check, the cost of seeing a dentist is just the same. Many families and individuals without ­­­­­­­­­­­insurance or limited dental coverage have reported that there are no resources for adults and limited resources for children. Families and individuals have also reported that their wait time to see a dentist is double the wait time compared to an individual that has insurance. Lastly, they reported the struggle of actually finding a dentist that can give them care because they are on Medicaid or uninsured. According to Baylor Scott and White Health, the supply of population to dentists showed the highest need in Denton County, recording to be 1,970:1, where the state supply of population to dentists is 1,940:1, and the U.S supply of population to dentists is 1,377:1. Denton County is also ranked 12th in clinical care out of 237 counties.

This high rate of patients of dentist’s ratio is something that is very difficult to change, but the number of families and individuals that are not receiving care because of insurance is something that can be changed. The Denton County officials and the dental community are currently working on solutions to provide more dental care to low-income families. Organizations such as the Denton Dental Mission, are trying to find ways to partner with other dental offices to provide affordable and better dental care for under insured or uninsured families and individuals. They have recently launched a Dentures for Denton initiative, a program that will give low-cost dentures to patients. A side from Denton Dental Mission, there are a few dental locations in Denton County or around Denton County that also supply dental care to families and individuals that have limited insurance or that can pay out of pocket.

Below is a list of dental care facilities in Denton County or around Denton County.

Texas Woman’s University Dental Hygiene Clinic

• Provides cleanings, fluoride treatments, and X-rays

• Location: Bell Avenue of Texas Woman’s University’s Denton campus, Room 102, of the Multipurpose Classroom-Laboratory Building (MCL)

Denton Dental Mission

• The clinic operates with volunteer dentists, dental assistants, and hygienists. The clinic is open every Monday and Tuesday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm for screenings. Procedure appointments will be scheduled when volunteer professionals are available.

• Location: 1010 N Elm St, 6, Denton, TX 76201

Denton County Public Health – Dental Services

• Contact: Clifford S. Leffinwell, D.D.S., Public Health Dentist

• (940) 349-2900

Community Dental Center of Carrollton Farmers Branch

• Non-profit dental center providing quality dental care for low-income patients. Reduced rates for low-income children, proof required of low-income status (check stub, income tax form, notarized letter from employer). Medicaid and CHIP accepted, and have greatly reduced copay fees for uninsured

• Location: 13551 Dennis Ln, Dallas, TX 75234

• Nearby Dental Clinic: 24 miles from Denton

North Dallas Shared Ministries

• Services include both Medical care and a Dental Clinic (Adult Extractions & Gum Disease Only)

• Location: 2875 Merrell Rd, Dallas, TX 75229

• Nearby Dental Clinic: 27 miles from Denton

Collin College Dental Hygiene Clinic

• Nearby Dental Clinic: 30 miles from Denton

• Contact: 972-548-6537

Now that you know of dental offices near you, here are two transportation services that provide a means of travel at a low affordable cost. The DART Transportation and the DCTA Transportation provide bus routes to and from your location to the dental offices listed; to see the bus routes and schedule visit www.dart.org or www.dcta.net.

Dental Care is Imperative to your health.

Article written by Nicole Nordie

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