Every Brush Leads to Better Health

Are you afraid that the cost of a dental visit is simply too high for you to afford? Oral health is vital to a child’s overall health and wellbeing, and there are sources available to help you afford this expense. You can call 211, or visit the website at 211hoi.org to get connected with an organization that can help you.

One such organization is Illinois Central College Dental Hygiene Clinic. Dental hygiene care is provided for clients five years of age and older for a flat fee of $20, regardless of the actual care needed, and includes follow-up appointments. There is no charge for patients with a current Medicaid card. The clinic does not bill Medicare or private insurance. Additionally, the OSF Heartland Clinic offers dental services to anybody living in the tri-county area, regardless of the ability to pay. This clinic offers full dental services, including routine cleanings, cavity fillings, and extractions, even to the uninsured.

It is important that your child receives regular dental care, especially while his or her mouth is still changing and growing. The ADA recommends a dental check up twice every year in order to prevent cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. It is also important to instill healthy brushing and flossing habits in your child at a young age. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

If you ever find yourself in need of services or assistance but are unsure who to turn to, the Heart of Illinois 2-1-1 service is a valuable resource. Simply call 211 free of charge, and you will be connected to a trained operator who will refer you to those who are able to further assist you. If you are having trouble connecting at this number, you can also call 309-999-4029 or search for your specific need at 211hoi.org.