Since 2002, Care Alliance has provided comprehensive and affordable oral health services, including:
- Dental cleanings
- Oral cancer screenings
- Restorative care including partials and dentures
- Referrals for oral surgery.
Oral health is the number one unmet need for uninsured Ohioans, and so it is no surprise that Care Alliance’s dental clinic has more demand than it can meet. The department currently has a wait time of five to six weeks for established patients, and accepts new patients only on the first of every month. For information on becoming a new patient in our dental program, click here.
Meeting the oral health needs of individuals who are experiencing homelessness is uniquely challenging, as their lifestyles are not as conducive to good oral hygiene as someone with a stable residence. Our dental patients’ needs are acute; 90% of our dental patients are diagnosed with gum disease, and more than 40% of services performed are for dentures/partials. In 2010, our dental program served 2,258 patients through 6,541 visits through our two dental clinics.
One of the most important components of our dental services is the Restoring Smiles program, which provides low-cost restorative care to patients with significant oral health challenges.