What Are Some Resources to Find Free Walk-in Dentists in Your Area?


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Resources to help locate free or low-cost dental clinics in your area include local health departments, the Bureau of Primary Health Care and your local United Way Chapter. When contacting any of the above resources, ask if any of the clinics are walk-in. Though not walk-ins, dental schools often provide low-cost dental services, and the National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research occasionally seeks patients with specific conditions to participate in clinical trials, where the patient receives free treatment.

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To find if you qualify for a free trial, go to the NIDCR website, and click on Clinical Trials, or go to ClinicalTrials.gov to view a complete list of all available dental clinical trials. The Bureau of Primary Health Care can help you locate community health centers that are federally-funded and provide free or low-cost dental care by calling them at 1-888-Ask-HRSA.

By calling your state or local health department, it may help direct you to local programs in the area that provide free or low-cost dental services if it knows of any. Your local or state health department may also have financial assistance programs to help you pay for dental care. The local telephone book should have the number for your local health department.

For those who qualify, Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program may offer limited dental coverage depending on the state. For more information, contact the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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