Looking for a Dental Office That Accepts Medicaid?

In need of quality dental care at an affordable price? If you’re a parent relying on Medicaid for your child’s dental care, you may have trouble finding a dentist that will accept your coverage. However, that’s not the case at Kool Smiles.

We have over 120 dental offices across the U.S. and they all accept Medicaid, TRICARE, and other payment options. We offer other payment plans as well if you or your spouse are covered under Medicaid, but not given the dental benefits you need. Call 254-781-0553 to learn more and make an appointment with a dental office that accepts Medicaid.

Dentists and Medicaid: What to Know

Figuring out if your child’s dental needs are covered by Medicaid can be just as hard as locating a dental office that will accept it. The team members at Kool Smiles make finding that information simple. Keep reading for answers about dentists and Medicaid.

What Does Medicaid Cover for Children?

Medicaid typically covers basic dental services such as exams and cleanings.

At a minimum, Medicaid must cover:

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

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to improving access to dental and oral health services for children who are enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP. Essentially, any child that is under the age of 21 and eligible for Medicaid receives dental care that is deemed medically necessary, which includes dental screenings. If it is not necessary, but recommended, it may not be covered, or it may be partially covered. It really depends on where you live because each state offers different coverage.

For adults, dental services aren’t necessarily included in your Medicaid coverage. Some states cover no dental services. Others cover emergency dental services only. Check with your state to see what’s covered and what’s not.

The benefit of choosing Kool Smiles is that we’re a dental office that accepts Medicaid, as well as various payments options. We want to make sure you get the dental care you need at a price you can afford. All families deserve quality care, no matter their financial circumstances.

How Often Should You Visit the Dentist?

Many Americans skip the dentist—or go way too long without getting a dental screening. There are many perks of going to the dentist: getting a professional cleaning, receiving preventative care and ensuring that you don’t have a dental illness or tooth decay that could lead to serious dental issues. For children, seeing the dentist is especially important.

Often, children require more than just a cleaning. Tooth decay in children is five times more common than childhood asthma. Seeing a dentist is crucial to preventing cavities, gingivitis and other diseases.

Both children and adults should visit the dentist every six months. Why? A lot more goes into a dental appointment than just a cleaning.

Why Regular Dental Appointments Are Important

The dentist does more than just check your teeth and gums.

The dentist will do the following:

  • Evaluate your teeth and gums to make sure there is no tooth decay or a buildup of plaque or tartar, which can lead to gum disease.
  • Evaluate your face, neck, jaw and lymph nodes to see if there is anything out of the ordinary.
  • Remove any plaque or tartar from your teeth.
  • Floss your teeth and recommend different techniques to prevent plaque from building up.

If there are any issues, the dentist will either schedule a follow-up visit or recommend you see an orthodontist who can perform any treatments or procedures that are needed to improve your oral health.

In addition to regular dental evaluations, a dentist can help you and your child decide if you need braces, if the wisdom teeth need to be removed or if a cavity needs to be filled or refilled.

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Dental Services for Children: What to Expect

Taking your child to the dentist every six months is important, but what other dental services can you plan for? If your child has overcrowding or doesn’t lose their baby teeth before the adult teeth grow in, they may need to receive additional dental treatment.

Here are some common dental procedures for children:

  • Putting on braces to correct an overbite, underbite, overcrowding or crooked teeth.
  • Tooth removal if the baby teeth haven’t fallen out or root canal if the teeth get infected. However, losing baby teeth too early can also cause problems in speech, so maintaining routine checkups is important to make sure your child is progressing naturally.
  • Wisdom teeth removal, depending on their growth and how they impact the other molars. Neglecting the wisdom teeth can cause major problems, so it’s good to pay attention to them as your child grows older.

There are other issues that could arise, like the need for fillings, extractions or pulp treatment. Once you meet your child’s Kool Smiles dentist, you can find out more about your child’s dental health care and what the best preventative measures are.

What Happens if You Have a Dental Emergency?

What constitutes a dental emergency? If you have severe tooth pain, a knocked-out tooth, unstoppable tissue bleeding or a chipped tooth, then you or your child probably have a dental emergency. Although it can be tempting to go straight to the ER—after all, it is an emergency—it may not be the best option.

Going to the emergency room for oral care has increased over the years, often because of a patient’s lack of knowledge or simply because they were unable to get in to a dentist quickly enough. These trips can be inefficient and costly. Getting a tooth extracted in the ER can cost nearly 10 times what it would cost in a dental office, for instance.

If you experience a dental emergency, you should see a dental professional as soon as possible. For a dental office that accepts Medicaid, you can visit a Kool Smiles location near you. Best of all, we don’t limit the number of Medicaid patients we see in a day and are open on evenings and weekends. Call us in advance of your visit, and we will make sure a professional is available to treat you or your child.

If you’re experiencing a true medical emergency, call 911 or go to the ER.

How Do I Know If I’m Eligible for Medicaid?

Use the HealthCare.gov website to see if you qualify for Medicaid. Each state has different requirements. Some only need to know your yearly income, while others evaluate your income, as well as your household size, etc.

What If My Children Are Not Eligible for Medicaid Coverage?

At Kool Smiles, we have a network of dental offices that accept Medicaid, but if you or your children aren’t eligible for Medicaid, we take other forms of payment. We accept the following:

  • TRICARE
  • A number of State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP)
  • Majority of insurance plans
  • CareCredit (a healthcare credit card used for preventative care, procedures, or treatments)
  • Cash
  • Credit card

Not sure if we take your insurance? Don’t hesitate to call us at 254-781-0553 to learn more about our services and what sort of payment we accept.

No matter your financial situation, you and your family deserve quality care, and that’s what we provide. We want you to have access to all dental services and without getting stuck with outrageous medical bills.

Do Dental Offices Limit the Number of Medicaid Patients They See in a Day?

While most dental offices will limit the number of Medicaid patients they see in a day, the dentists at Kool Smiles have no limit on Medicaid patients. We believe everybody deserves access to dental care, no matter their financial circumstances.

Find a Kool Smiles Office Near You

Now that you know the importance of finding a dentist for your child, know that many Kool Smiles offices also have orthodontists on staff, so you can get all of your child’s dental care taken care at one place. We want the process to be easy, comfortable and convenient.

Our offices are open during the day, but also at night and on weekends, so you can get the access you need to various dental services. Since all of our locations accept Medicaid, there is no need to avoid the dentist or go searching for another dental office that accepts Medicaid.

We aim to bring quality, affordable dental care to the children and families who need it. Call us today at 254-781-0553 to make an appointment for your child or to learn more about our dental services, our payment options and how we can help you and your family get the dental care you deserve.

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Sources:

HealthCare.gov: https://www.healthcare.gov/medicaid-chip/getting-medicaid-chip/

CareCredit: http://www.carecredit.com/

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: https://www.cms.gov/

Colgate: https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/dental-visits/ada-04-one-third-of-americans-skipped-the-dentist-in-the-past-year

Colgate: https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/childrens-oral-care/surprising-oral-health-facts-about-children-0614

Colgate: https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/dental-emergencies-and-sports-safety/seeking-treatment-for-oral-care-problems-in-emergency-rooms-0913