If you have Medicaid, and are 20 years old or younger, call Texas Health Steps at 1-877-847-8377, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Central Time, for help with getting a dental checkup.
If you do not have Medicaid, or if you are 21 years old or older, please use the resources for dental care listed below.
Access by Phone
Call the 2-1-1 for a free help line that is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An operator will help you find the resources you need in your community. All calls are answered by real people, not a recording, who can answer your questions in more than 90 languages. The operator can assist you in locating dental services.
2-1-1 is not for life-threatening medical, police, and fire emergencies. If you have an immediate crisis, call 9-1-1.
More information on 2-1-1 can be found at www.211.org.
Access Online Information
There are community health clinics throughout the state that are federally and state funded. These clinics are not under the state Oral Health Program's management. These clinics provide medical services and most provide dental services for adults, although some clinics may restrict services to children only.
The clinics charge discounted copayment rates for dental services. Their eligibility requirements are based on household income and use a sliding fee scale. You do not have to live in the county where the clinic is located. There may be a waiting list for services. If you are in pain with a toothache or have infection, please mention this when you call the clinic.
Below is an internet link to get a search engine on a computer to find the clinic closest to you. Simply insert your zip code, and a list of clinics with distance, address, phone number, and links to driving directions and maps. Our suggestion is to call the clinic phone number before your visit to check if an appointment is available.
Go online at http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/ to find a clinic location.