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How do you locate low-income dental clinics?

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FreeDentalCare.us is a national database of low-income dental clinics and dental care. On the home page, click on any state to peruse a list of cities and corresponding low-income dental clinics.

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FreeDentalCare.us is member-driven, and anyone is free to add appropriate listings at any time. For the same reason, the list of low-income dental clinics is not extensive and may not reflect all of the clinics that actually exist across the United States. Listings are often located within or in the vicinity of a city or region.

Other resources include local health departments and the United Way, which may be able to point you in the direction of low-income dental clinics in your community. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has additional information about potential resources at HHS.gov.

Pupils at dental school clinics occasionally offer dental care to the public to acquire experience, and the services are frequently at a reduced cost. Visit the American Dental Association online at ADA.org for more information.

Similarly, students of the American Dental Hygienist's Association sometimes offer low-cost, supervised, preventative dental care as part of their training. Every so often, the National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research accepts volunteers with certain dental or oral health issues to participate in a clinical trial.

Clinical trials may entail free or low-cost dental treatment of the related oral health issues. Lists of dental care clinical trials are available at ClinicalTrials.gov. A keyword search using variations of "NIDCR studies" obtains current results.

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