If you have Medicaid, and are 20 years old or younger, call Texas Health Steps toll-free, Monday through Friday, at 1-877-847-8377 (1-877-THSTEPS) for help finding a dentist or 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.
The Texas Association for Community Health Centers, Inc. (TACHC) is a private, non-profit membership association that represents Texas safety-net health providers. This would include such places like community health centers (CHC), federally qualified health centers (FQHC), federally- designated migrant, public housing, and homeless health care centers. These types of centers are located throughout Texas and provide high quality, affordable primary and preventive care to everyone, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. They also accept patients covered by government insurance such as Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP and private insurance and/or qualified health plans under the health insurance marketplace. Self-pay patients pay board approved sliding scale fees based on their annual income and family size. Services vary from clinic to clinic and may include: medical care, pediatric (children) care, urgent care, women’s health care, dental care, vision, behavioral health and more. For additional information on a health center near to you, click here www.tachc.org.
Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Fee For Service (FFS) Dental Providers and Services in Texas
The Title V MCH, FFS program provides direct services including dental services to infants, children, adolescents, and pregnant women not eligible for Medicaid/CHIP, CHIP Perinatal or another payor source that covers the same services. More information about Title V MCH FFS services and eligibility can be found on the Title V Maternal and Child Health Fee-for-Service Contractor Fact Sheet.
Child Dental-Infant/child/adolescent dental services are provided for ages birth up to 22 years. These services include comprehensive and periodic oral evaluations, radiographs, fluoride treatment, restorative treatment, and an application of sealants to any tooth at risk of dental decay.
Prenatal Dental-Dental services are provided for pregnant women up to 3 months postpartum. These services include comprehensive and periodic oral evaluations, radiographs, and preventive and therapeutic dental services.
To find child and prenatal dental services in your area visit the DSHS Family and Community Health Services Clinic Locator.