Creating Healthy Smiles - Dental Clinic -photo of children with healthy smiles

little girl brushing her teeth at a sinkWe accept Medicaid!

Charlotte County children who are on Medicaid or uninsured are eligible for full dental services.

Services Include:

Routine checkups and cleaning - Our caring staff will help you get and maintain a healthy, happy smile for many years to come!

Fluoride treatments - Fluoride varnish is a coating that is painted on teeth to prevent new cavities and to help stop cavities that have already started. The benefits of this simple process last for several months.

Dental sealants - A sealant is a thin plastic coating that keeps food and germs out of the chewing surfaces of teeth. It is applied to permanent molars (back teeth) and prevents these teeth from getting cavities.

The Dental Clinic also provides limited services for adult Medicaid recipients and basic services for under-insured adults and children of Charlotte County.

Ages 1- 3: Medicaid or uninsured - exam every 3 months, oral hygiene instruction, dietary counseling, and fluoride varnish.
Ages 4-21: Medicaid or uninsured - exam every 6 months, full dental services, and limited referrals.
Adults with Medicaid - limited exams, extractions, and limited referrals.
Adults who are uninsured - limited services; call for eligibility and availability.

Please call us if you have any questions about our dental services. If you do not meet requirements for care at this time, be assured that we will attempt to guide you toward obtaining the services that you need. Call the Dental Clinic at 941-624-7285 to see if you are eligible for services.

Caring for your baby's mouth:

A child should start having his mouth cleansed even before the first tooth comes in (erupts). It’s easiest to lay your baby on a flat secure surface, like a changing table, and start by taking a damp cloth or gauze and gently wiping out the baby’s mouth.  It only take a few wipes. This will help remove excess milk, formula or food which breaks down to form plaque. This will also helpto prepare your baby for your brushing of his teeth in the future. 

Teething:

Teething usually starts at four to seven months of age with the two lower front teeth. You will feel and see small bumps on the ridge of the lower jaw. They may be slightly reddened. You may see some small spikes of fever and some diarrhea as the teeth are trying to erupt. There are various products on the market to help with teething.  A chilled wet cloth will comfort your child as well as anything else. The top front incisors follow and your child will continue to get teeth until 24-30 months, when all twenty primary (baby) teeth will be in. Our goal is to initially check your child at around six months of age to make sure this process is starting correctly and  provide you with information that will help your child’s dental and physical development.

See a Teething Chart.

For more dental healths tips, see the Useful Links on the right side of this page. Visit the WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) section of our website for tips for "A Healthy Smile for You and Your Family".

 

Free Dental Sealants for 2nd & 3rd Grade Students

See flyer for details

Useful Links:

American Dental Association
They have a section in thier website devoted to teaching kid's how to take care of their teeth.

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Parents will find useful information on this website. They are dedicated to improving the oral health of infants, children, and adolescents.

Florida Dental Association
This is a useful website for parents, professionals and students.

Smile Florida
Information about oral health care, access to dental care and dental education.

Access Florida
Apply On-line for Food Assistance, Cash Assistance, and Medicaid
.

WIC & Nutrition
No cost healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, and referrals for health care.

The Dental Clinic is located at 1100 Loveland Boulevard, in the same building as our Port Charlotte Clinic.

For appointments:
941-624-7285.

We are open Monday - Friday.

Our first appointment of the day is scheduled at 7:30 a.m. and the last appointment is at 5:00 p.m. You may call between the hours of 7 a.m - 6 p.m.


For information after business hours please call 941-624-7200.

Department of Health Mission: To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.
 

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