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Old 05-18-2009, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Summerset, SD
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Default Free or low cost dental clinic?

Anyone know if there are free or low cost dental clinics for those who can't afford it or other "deserving" persons? Thanks.
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:20 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Try the Dental college in the medical center. Baylor or UT, I can't remember, but they have decent prices, and everyone that I know that has gone to them has given them high praises. I will find out what they are called and let you know.
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:10 AM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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I agree, go through the UT Dental School. When I was in college (and consequently w/o insurance and broke), I got all my dental work there including surgery to remove wisdom teeth. I had a very good experience and the prices were very reasonable, about 1/10 what a dentist and an endodondist had quoted me.
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Old 05-19-2009, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Summerset, SD
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Thanks for the suggestion. However, I'm a student at the dental school already. What I was really looking for is a place to volunteer my services to "needy" people. I've found a few---San Jose Clinic, Community Medical Center, and Clinic de Corazon---but they're either not open on Saturdays or far (I have a fear of driving).
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Old 05-19-2009, 09:00 AM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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Thanks for the suggestion. However, I'm a student at the dental school already. What I was really looking for is a place to volunteer my services to "needy" people. I've found a few---San Jose Clinic, Community Medical Center, and Clinic de Corazon---but they're either not open on Saturdays or far (I have a fear of driving).
Check w/ the Red Cross or United Way. I do know that there is a group that has a mobile dental clinic in a big RV that goes into needy areas. I remember them setting it up at the medical unit for the Katrina folks at Reliant arena. Can't recall the details of who was in charge of it, just that it was across from the mobile CVS pharmacy and the eye clinic vehicles.
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Old 05-19-2009, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Anyone know if there are free or low cost dental clinics for those who can't afford it or other "deserving" persons? Thanks.
Good for you for considering volunteering!
You may want to check out Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). They are community-based clinic that follow federal guidelines for care, and they serve everyone regardless of ability to pay/sliding scale based on income.

FQHCs in Houston that provide dental care include:
  • Good Neighbor Health Center, 190 Heights Av., 713-529-3597
  • Central Care Community Health Center, 8610 MLK Blvd, 713-734-0199
  • El Centro de Corazon, 5001 Navigation, 713-926-1849
  • Houston Community Health Centers, 424 Hahlo, 713-674-3326
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Old 05-19-2009, 10:05 PM
 
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Thanks for the suggestion. However, I'm a student at the dental school already. What I was really looking for is a place to volunteer my services to "needy" people.
That is very cool!
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Old 10-02-2009, 12:17 PM
 
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all my life i have been very afraid going to the dentist.
im not sure but i think i have a case of gingivitis.
not sure but its spreading.
my family is poor and has no medicaid or nothing.
anyone help?
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Old 10-02-2009, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Sugar Land, TX
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You can go to Ibn-e-sina community clinic at W Belfort/Wilcrest,

Here is the info from the website:

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Existing Services
Even though Houston has several county and city managed clinics that offer primary care medical services to the poor, many of these clinics require patients to participate in Medicaid or some other type of government medical assistance for which not all families qualify, and often requires a $30 or more co-pay at the time of service.
When a patient arrives at an Ibn Sina Clinic, they are asked to pay a low fee of $25 for each visit. Ibn Sina patients are not required to participate in federal assistance. If a patient is unable to afford $25 for an office visit, a sliding scale is available to determine the patient’s ability to pay. If a patient is absolutely unable to pay any part of the $25 fee, a special fund has been established to subsidize the fee. No patients are turned away for inability to pay. Contributions from local businesses and individuals make the fund possible.
Pharmaceuticals are provided through local physician offices (samples) and are gathered and inventoried regularly by volunteers. Additionally, several pharmaceutical companies provide patients the opportunity to obtain prescriptions free of charge if eligible. Also, Ibn Sina staff helps patients seek all other available opportunities for medication such as pharmaceutical company medical assistance programs.
They also cater to professional who are willing to work voluntarily.

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Hope this helps

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Old 01-22-2010, 08:06 AM
 
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thanks so much.but i don't know what to do.i feel like that place is far.where is southeast houston?
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