I got a note home from school that my child had a “check-up” at school and said they discovered he had never been to the dentist and I have to do that or could get in trouble with CPS. I don’t know what to do. I can’t afford a dentist. Are there programs to help families like us?
Life is so expensive, isn’t it? Then add the stress of threats and I’m sure you’re a nervous wreck. Fortunately, there are programs to help. Medicaid mandates dental care for patients under 18 years of age. So, your son should be covered if you’re a low-income family.
The only problem you may run into is finding a dental practice which is accepting Medicaid patients. Unfortunately, many don’t. Your best option is to find a dentist who advertises as an affordable dentist. That being said, many dentists went into the industry because they wanted to help people. Given your situation, I’m sure there will be more than one dentist you can choose between.
Working with Medicaid
One thing you may find when you’re working with a program or even a paid insurance is they will only pay for the least expensive option. For instance, a white composite filling costs more than a silver filling, so the program will pay for the silver one (called amalgam).
However, many parents are uncomfortable with their child getting a filling which puts mercury in their body. If you go to a mercury-free dentist or a dentist who also does composite fillings, they’ll let you bill the insurance for the amalgam filling, get the composite one for your child and you’ll just have to pay the difference.
This is a great way to get your children the treatment you want while still working within the bounds of your of your coverage.
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