Dental Health Resource Listing
For Disadvantaged Persons
Dental Resource Information
The dental needs of disadvantaged persons in the state are great, and public
resources to meet these needs are very limited. Florida has innumerable needs,
which makes the equitable distribution of our resources very difficult.
The following summarizes the types of resources that may be available. There
are various eligibility requirements and the types of services available vary
considerably. Any associated fees are based on income.
Programs for Children - For families with income below 200% of the federal
poverty level (for a family of four this is around $35,000), you should apply
to the KidCare Program for your child. Information is available at the following
KidCare provides both medical and dental insurance for children.
Medicaid Program for Adults - Provides only emergency services, which basically
includes just extractions.
County Health Departments - Not available in all counties and eligibility and
types of services vary.
Community Health Centers - Not available in all counties and eligibility and types
of services vary.
There are also volunteer programs in a number of counties. Most of the services
provided are only for the relief of pain and infection.
Dental schools also provide services through dental students and residents if
the patient's needs are suitable for educational requirements; fees generally run
about one-half of private practice fees. Faculty practice is an option, but fees
are generally comparable to private practice fees.