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Health Department of Northwest Michigan
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"Over 24,000 low-income and/or uninsured residents of Northern Michigan served by Dental Clinics North in 2011"

(April 23, 2012) According to a just-released report, Dental Clinics North provided oral health care to over 24,000 low-income and/or uninsured residents of Northern Michigan in 2011.

“Dental Clinics North ensures all residents have access to dental care, no matter if they have dental insurance or not,” said Linda Yaroch, Health Officer for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan which administers eight Dental Clinics North locations. “Oral health can often be overlooked, but regular oral health care is just as important as physical health care.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says poor adults are less likely to seek care for a toothache —the most common source of pain in the mouth. In fact, nationwide, over 40% of low-income adults have at least one untreated decayed tooth. In many areas of the country, people with low incomes who are enrolled in Medicaid or have no health insurance cannot find a dentist to treat them. In a unique partnership with local health departments, thousands of residents across the tip of the mitt can get oral health care at Dental Clinics North, a system of public health dental clinics.

Dental Clinics North offers comprehensive oral care for children and adults with Medicaid, Healthy Kids Dental, MIChild, or Northern Dental Plan. For those without dental insurance, Northern Dental Plan offers services at a reduced fee based on income eligibility.

“Dental Clinics North is a great program,” Yaroch said. “If your teeth hurt, it's difficult to eat, talk, and sleep. Some oral health problems can affect the way you feel about yourself too. We have many success stories from clients who've gone back to school or found new jobs after their problem teeth were addressed. Getting teeth fixed can be a life-changing experience.”

Dental Clinics North caters to patients with Medicaid, Delta Healthy Kids, Northern Dental Plan, and those with low income who are uninsured. Oral exams, cleaning, fluoride treatments, fillings, dentures, and other procedures are available at Dental Clinics North locations in Alpena, Cheboygan, East Jordan, Gaylord, Mancelona, Petoskey, Traverse City, and West Branch. To schedule an appointment call 877-321-7070.