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Dental Programs

Dental Aid Programs

Please contact your local clinic if you qualify for one of the following dental programs. In 2015, we provided comprehensive dental care for 8,276 individuals. 

Bright Smiles for Bright Futures is a Dental Aid program for pregnant women. Bright Smiles is designed to:
• Improve the oral health status of low-income pregnant women;
• Contribute to maintaining a healthy pregnancy;
• Reduce transmission of cavity-causing organisms from mother to child; and
• Change the oral health behaviors of participating families.
Eligible pregnant women are referred by community health centers and other prenatal care providers or human services organizations. Each woman is contacted by our bilingual/bicultural Dental Aid case manager, who meets with the woman and her family, provides initial program and oral health education, and acts as a patient navigator to ensure that they keep appointments with Dental Aid and are appropriately referred to other human service organizations. Women who are enrolled in Bright Smiles are provided with $500 of free dental care. If more subsidization is needed, we will leverage other program funding, if available. This program provides pregnant women with the dental and education services needed to foster healthy pregnancies and healthy children. In 2013, Bright Smiles subsidized care for 397 pregnant women and their children. For more information please contact the Bright Smiles Case Manager, Nacy Hernandez, at (303) 665-8228 or casemanager@dentalaid.org.

kidsMarcie’s Fund for Uninsured Children exists in order to provide subsidized oral health care and education for children and youth, ages 0 to 20, who would otherwise not be able to receive the care they need. This program provides care for uninsured, low-income children who are not eligible for Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) at the time of service. We believe that Marcie’s Fund is a critical component in Dental Aid’s effort to reduce or eliminate the need for extensive future care. Marcie’s Fund is a unique program because it addresses oral disease through early intervention and education. In order to increase effectiveness, Dental Aid works with both parents and children to emphasize the benefits of good oral health care and nutrition. We believe that Marcie’s Fund is a critical component in Dental Aid’s effort to reduce or eliminate the need for extensive future care. Marcie’s Fund is a unique program because it addresses oral disease through early intervention and education. In order to increase effectiveness, Dental Aid works with both parents and children to emphasize the benefits of good oral health care and nutrition. In 2015, Dental Aid provided care for up to 512 low-income children using Marcie’s Fund.

Adult Assured Access YoungAdultTeethatDentistSmallprovides outreach, oral health education, and comprehensive dental care for uninsured residents of our community. Dental Aid is the primary provider of comprehensive oral health care in the safety-net system operating in Boulder County. The average treatment plan for an adult patient at Dental Aid is $1,400. On average, Adult Assured Access subsidizes $230 of treatment costs for uninsured patients. Dental Aid fees are approximately 50% of the usual and customary fees for private dentists in our region. Program funding allows patients to complete treatment plans without financial barriers and changes patients’ attitudes toward dentistry; patients learn that oral health care is not an unaffordable luxury, and by improving oral health behaviors and scheduling routine preventive visits, they can break the cycle of episodic care. Dental Aid believes that by expanding our capacity to provide care to uninsured, high-risk adults, not only will we be establishing a culture of oral health where one may not have previously existed, but we will actually save the community the future financial burden of emergency room visits incurred when routine oral health care is unavailable, unaffordable, or simply unknown to the low-income population. In 2015, we treated over 547 patients in the Adult Assured Access program.

 

The Old Age Pension (OAP) Dental Assistance Program is a program of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Eligibility & Guidelines
• Seniors (Age 60+) who are enrolled in Medicaid OR Old Age Pension.
• Seniors enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs are NOT eligible.
• Participants cannot receive Medicaid dental benefits if receiving OAP Dental Assistance.
• When applicable, patient must pay co-pay to receive OAP funding.
If a senior believes they are eligible for Medicaid or OAP, but are not currently enrolled, they must become enrolled before they can receive funding through the OAP Dental Assistance Program. Contact Boulder County Housing and Human Services to enroll in Medicaid or OAP. Boulder County Housing and Human Services www.bouldercounty.org/family 303.441.1000 Boulder 3460 North Broadway Boulder, CO 80304 Longmont 529 Coffman Street, Suite 100 Longmont, CO 80501 Dental Aid/OAP Dental Assistance fee schedule and co-payments OAP Flyer/English OAP Flyer/Spanish

KidSmile Each year on the first Friday in February, thousands of the nation’s dentists (including Dental Aid) and their dental team members provide free oral health care services to uninsured children from across the country as part of the Give Kids A Smile program. In 2015, Dental Aid provided 54 children and with  free care during Give Kids A Smile. Dental Aid partnered with other local dental providers – referring children and teens to orthodontists, endodontists, and other dental specialists for free care during Give Kids A Smile. The American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile program enhances the oral health of large numbers of needy children. Give Kids A Smile activities also highlight for policy makers the ongoing challenges that low-income families face in finding dental care.

What We Do

Dental Aid provides comprehensive, reduced-fee oral health care (about half the usual and customary fees charged by private dentists in our area). Dental Aid accepts Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) and cash payment, but also has funds to help subsidize care for individuals not covered under Medicaid or CHP+ who cannot afford our reduced fees. Dental Aid does not currently accept private insurance, but is an enrollment site for Medicaid and CHP+. Payment is due at the time of service. Services available in Spanish, translation services for other languages also available.

Who We Serve

Dental Aid serves low-income and uninsured residents of the Front Range. Dental Aid provides oral health care for individuals identified as high-risk for oral health complications including pregnant women, persons with diabetes, persons with heart disease, and individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

  • Children enrolled in Medicaid/Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) 
  • Uninsured children
  • Single adults
  • Families
  • Individuals with physical or mental disabilities
  • Individuals who are homeless
  • Immigrants from around the world