One of the major health concerns for children in our community is the lack of dental care for those not covered by Medicaid or dental insurance. In fact, school teachers and nurses report that many children in our community lack regular dental care. The discomfort and bad appearance associated with poor dental hygiene can affect not only children’s performance in the classroom but also their self-esteem.
Children’s Dental Services was opened in 2001 to provide dental care for children who do not qualify for dental coverage under Medicaid or group insurance and whose families do not have the means to provide dental care or purchase dental insurance on their income.
To qualify for treatment the child must:
Any family with a child that meets these qualifications and resides in Northwest Louisiana is welcomed to apply.
Final approval for eligibility of all children will be made by the Board of Directors of Children’s Dental Services.
Prior to or at the first appointment, the family must provide proof of income. Without this, the child will not
be reappointed for treatment.
All appointments must be kept. Failure to keep an appointment may result in permanent discharge from the clinic.
Each child MUST be accompanied by his or her LEGAL guardian at the first appointment. At this appointment, the child and parent/guardian must attend a demonstration of proper oral hygiene and explanation of the decay process. The parent/guardian must also sign the proposed treatment plan and release for treatment.
Children’s Dental Services are available at varied hours and days and depend on schedules of volunteer dentists. All services are provided by local dentists and their staff. These dentists volunteer their time to improve dental care for children who have no dental insurance and whose families are unable to afford dental insurance.
To get started, call (318) 212-6363 for more information.
A community service of
Northwest Louisiana Dental Volunteers
Willis-Knighton Project NeighborHealth