How To Find A Dentist That Accepts Medicaid

Do you qualify for Medicaid? Are you looking for a dentist that accepts Medicaid for children? Finding a general or pediatric dentist that accepts Medicaid is tough, but possible. If your family is covered by Medicaid, bring your kids to Kool Smiles. Even if you’re not covered by Medicaid, Kool Smiles takes various payment options.

We are a network of dental providers committed to providing quality care for children at an affordable price. Cost should never get in the way of paying for a visit to the dentist or orthodontist, especially for children in need of a dental treatment or more complicated dental services like wisdom teeth removal or braces.

Learn about Kool Smiles, what services we offer, when to visit a dentist and why it’s important to stay up-to-date on your child’s oral health. To make an appointment or schedule a no-cost consultation, call 254-781-0553.

Kool Smiles Dentists Accept Medicaid

Unlike some dental offices that limit the number of Medicaid patients they see, we open our doors to all children covered by Medicaid. By not limiting the number of patients we see, we are able to provide quality care to more children.

We have over 120 locations nationwide, all of which accept Medicaid. At each Kool Smiles location, you will find:

  • Offices built specifically for children with brightly colored and oversized waiting areas. We want the experience to be comfortable for all family members.
  • Games and activities for children to play with while they wait for their appointment, or for your children who aren’t being treated that day.
  • Special viewing areas where parents can observe cleanings if they choose not to go with their child into the treatment room. We want you to know exactly what’s happening and what to expect when your child is treated at one of our offices.

Our friendly staff of dental professionals is dedicated to providing children with quality dental care in a safe and fun environment. After your child’s visit, our general dentists will discuss the overall health of your child’s teeth and any extra dental work they might need, as well as answer any questions you might have regarding your child’s oral health.

What’s Covered Under Medicaid for Children

Medicaid typically covers dental services for children, but coverage can change based on your state. Call Kool Smiles today at 254-781-0553 to find out which services are covered by Medicaid in your state.

Children covered under Medicaid are qualified for Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT). Essentially, this means that children under the age of 21 who are eligible for Medicaid must receive medically necessary healthcare services, which includes dental services.

At a minimum, Medicaid covers the following for children:

  • Relief of pain and/or infections
  • Restoration of teeth
  • Maintenance of dental health

Under Medicaid, children typically receive more benefits than simple dental cleanings and emergency visits for dental care, but you should check your state’s coverage to know what is covered and what is not.

Adults covered by Medicaid don’t receive the same dental services. In fact, each state’s coverage varies quite significantly. In some states, no dental services are covered. In others, only emergency services are covered. However, some states do cover a wider range of dental treatment.

Other Payment Options Accepted at Kool Smiles

Now that you know where to find child dentists that accept Medicaid, know that Kool Smiles treats adults as well. Your children may be covered under Medicaid, but you and your spouse may not be. Even though you may only receive partial coverage for dental services, you have various payment options at Kool Smiles.

We don’t want you to struggle paying out-of-pocket expenses, and we don’t want you to neglect your oral health, either. Here are the different ways you can pay for dental cleanings, dental treatments or dental procedures at a Kool Smiles office:

  • Cash
  • Credit card
  • Medicaid
  • All forms of military insurance, such as TRICARE
  • SCHIP and other state insurance providers
  • Most major insurance plans
  • CareCredit

With CareCredit, a healthcare credit card, you can pay for preventive, restorative and cosmetic procedures and treatments, which includes dental implants, root canals and regular teeth cleanings.

We want to ensure that every member of the family receives the proper dental care they need. If you have questions about our dental payment plans or what dental services we offer, call us at 254-781-0553 and speak to a representative today.

How Early Should I Take My Child to the Dentist?

We all know baby teeth fall out and adult teeth eventually grow in, but how important is it to see a dentist? When you have a baby, it may seem like a waste of time, but taking your one year old to the dentist is extremely important.

Teeth are susceptible to decay and cavities as soon as they develop. Seeing a dentist when your children are young is important to help them develop normal speech, allow for natural loss of baby teeth and growth of adult teeth and promote a healthy smile.

Here is what can you do to prepare for your child’s first appointment:

  • Make a list of questions that you want answered.
  • Book the appointment for a time when your child will be wide-awake.
  • Make it fun and calming for the child, if you can. Our general and pediatric dentists are trained in teaching babies and toddlers, so don’t stress if your child is wiggling around, crying or struggling with the process. The sooner they get used to going, the better.
  • Give the baby or toddler a light meal before, but don’t forget to brush their teeth using a soft-bristle brush and water.

For both children and adults, we recommend visiting the dentist every six months for general cleanings and screenings.

Should My Child See a Pediatric Dentist or a General Dentist?

At Kool Smiles, we have both pediatric dentists and general dentists who accept Medicaid. How do you know which one to go to? It depends on the age of your child, what dental services your child needs and how convenient it is.

General dentists are more than capable of treating children, but a pediatric dentist is more trained in treating children, especially babies and toddlers. Early on, we recommend seeing a pediatric dentist if available. Once your child reaches school age, you can switch them to a general dentist, or you can keep them with a pediatric dentist.

Here are some of the services a pediatric dentist provides:

  • Infant oral health exams.
  • Dental cleanings and preventative care, which includes diet recommendations, if needed
  • Preventative care and repair for cavities.
  • Counseling, if needed. If a toddler continues to use a pacifier or suck on his or her thumbs, for instance, it can be harmful to their oral health.
  • Diagnosis of certain diseases like diabetes, asthma, hay fever or hyperactivity disorder. From a simple comprehensive exam, dentists can observe problems in the muscles, the nervous system, salivary glands, and other parts of the neck, mouth and head.
  • Assessment of overcrowding, crooked teeth, overbites, underbites and recommendations on when it’s best to see an orthodontist.

Tooth decay can occur in children, especially if they have a poor diet or eat a lot of carbohydrates and sweets. Preventive care is essential when it comes to their oral health. With baby teeth falling out, adult teeth growing in, there can be a lot of issues that occur, and seeing a dentist can help ensure that nothing gets overlooked—and any issues that arise are treated.

Early Dental Care for Children

Oral care doesn’t have to be painful or annoying for children. In the early years, you should be present for their daily brushings, which we recommend doing once in the morning and once in the evening. Getting your child used to the daily routine can be easy and fun.

Here’s what we suggest:

  • Buy a fun, colorful toothbrush to keep them entertained. Many companies offer Disney-inspired toothbrushes.
  • Use kid-friendly toothpaste.
  • Brush your teeth alongside them. Seeing you do it will make it seem more fun.
  • Read books that are focused on dental care, brushing teeth or visiting the dentist. The more they learn about it, the more likely they will do it.

Brushing and flossing should start young. You can start giving your child fluoride toothpaste before they turn age two. Just don’t use more than a tiny pea-sized amount.

Why Kool Smiles?

One of our main goals at Kool Smiles is to make sure that all of your children’s dental care needs are met. To help meet that goal, many of our offices offer advanced services and treatments, including wisdom teeth removal and orthodontics. If we don’t offer these dental services in your area, our dentists can recommend orthodontists.

If you choose to visit Kool Smiles for your child’s dental appointments, you’ll receive quality care from skilled dentists who are trained in working with children. Whether your child needs a simple cleaning or needs to be treated for braces, Kool Smiles can help.

Call for an Appointment with a Children’s Dentist that Accepts Medicaid

Now that you know about Kool Smiles, what we offer, how best to care for you child’s teeth and when to visit a dentist, call us today at 254-781-0553 to learn more about our affordable dental services and schedule your appointment with one of our qualified dentists today.

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Sources:

American Dental Association: https://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Publications/Files/patient_77.pdf?la=en

American Dental Association: https://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/dentists-doctors-of-oral-health

Medicaid: https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/benefits/epsdt/index.html

TRICARE: https://www.tricare.mil/

Colgate: https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/childrens-oral-care/fun-oral-health-tips-to-teach-your-kids-0614

Science News: https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/growth-curve/brush-kids-teeth-just-little-fluoride-toothpaste