When looking at the Medicaid coverage map, it’s clear that many areas—especially in the Southeast—have a low Medicaid acceptance rate. However, the dentists at Kool Smiles accept Medicaid at all 120+ locations nationwide and never limit the amount of Medicaid patients they see on a daily basis.
Dental care is crucial for kids and adults alike. If a cavity goes untreated or overcrowded teeth get ignored, it could lead to major issues like gingivitis, tooth decay and, eventually, periodontal disease. We recommend seeing a dentist every six months, if possible, to check your oral health and to ensure your teeth, jaw and gums receive proper care.
Finding dentists who take Medicaid is possible and it can be done in just three easy steps. Here’s what you need to do, if you feel you qualify for Medicaid:
Even if you do not qualify for Medicaid, you have plenty of payment options at Kool Smiles.
Customers may pay by cash, credit card or the CareCredit program to receive quality dental care at an affordable price. CareCredit is essentially a credit card to be used for health and wellness needs, including dental care needs. Using CareCredit can help save you from hefty medical bills that you can’t afford by offering healthcare financing options.
At our dental offices, we accept most major insurance providers and state-specific insurance plans. We also have dentists who take Medicaid. In addition to Medicaid, we also accept TRICARE at every location as well as a number of State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP).
We also offer Resolution Dental Plan. In this discount plan, you pay for a membership and save on dental care needs. Members also have access to up-front pricing, so you know exactly what to expect for an upcoming service or treatment.
If you want to learn more or have questions about available payment plans for dental care or dental services, call Kool Smiles at 254-781-0553 to speak with a representative. They can talk you through the process and help you find a dentist who takes Medicaid in your area.
Not all dentists take Medicaid and not all dental treatment is covered under Medicaid, which can be problematic—and expensive. Coverage varies state by state, but here are the typical dental care benefits for children who are covered under Medicaid.
If there is severe pain or a dental emergency, this should be covered.
This definition likely varies, depending on your state’s coverage, but essentially, if a tooth is knocked out, this should be covered.
This should include regular exams and cleanings at your dentist.
Oral health assessments for children are covered, and if dental treatment is deemed medically necessary by a dentist, this should be covered under Medicaid. Medical necessity varies by state, but child healthcare is considered an important part of a child’s overall health and well-being.
If a condition is found during a regular screening, the state is required to treat that condition, whether it’s included in the child’s plan or not.
To support Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Keep Kids Smiling: Promoting Oral Health Through the Medicaid Benefit for Children & Adolescents was created to educate parents on their coverage, promote oral health and improve Medicaid programs.
Although many Americans fear the dentist, getting regular dental cleanings is important for your oral health and can protect you from oral disease, which can spread to other parts of your body.
Here’s why you should prioritize visits to the dentist:
The American Academy of Periodontology recommends that every adult receive a periodontal evaluation each year. In this evaluation, a dentist will evaluate your teeth, gums and plaque buildup to make sure your oral health is strong and no follow-up treatment is needed.
What could happen if you don’t see a dentist? Cavities and root canals are never fun, but there are bigger concerns. Here are some things that could happen if you avoid the dentist and neglect your oral health:
In a recent study, people with serious gum disease were 40% more likely to have a chronic condition on top of it. This is why seeing a dentist periodically is important. You want to avoid a an oral health problem before it occurs.
Even though dental coverage is mandatory for children enrolled in Medicaid, this isn’t true for adults with Medicaid coverage. A few states refuse to cover dental services, and others cover specific services, treatments and procedures. Out of the states that do offer dental services, they typically offer dental services that fall under one of the three categories listed here:
These states only cover dental emergencies, which means that regular dental cleanings or braces are probably not covered.
Essentially, these states will cover less than 100 procedures recognized by the American Dental Association with a cap of $1,000 per person per year.
These states offer more and will cover a mix of dental services approved by the ADA with a spending cap of at least $1,000 per person.
Depending on where you live and what coverage you receive, chances are you might end up having to pay for dental services out of pocket, which can be stressful for your family. This is why it’s important to choose a dental office that takes Medicaid and/or offers various payment plans. That way, you take care of your oral health and stay on top of your dental needs.
Seeing a dentist every six months is important to maintain your oral health—and now you understand why. If you’re looking for dentists who takes Medicaid, look no further than Kool Smiles.
We are a leading provider of quality dental care and make it convenient and easy to get the care you need. With open hours on nights and weekends, you don’t have to skip work to take your children to the dentist. We also believe in using a “tell, show, do” technique, so kids understand what to expect and relieve any anxieties they may have.
We’ll put you in touch with dentists who take Medicaid so you can get the dental care you and your family deserves.
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