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PEDIATRIC MEDICAID DENTAL CLINIC
NOW ENROLLING!

The Dental Clinic in Crestview provides services to children
who are
4 -18 years old AND on Medicaid with no other dental insurance coverage.

Image of child's smiling mouth
We recognize the need for children's dental services.  The goal of our dental clinic (810 E James Lee Blvd, Crestview) is to provide oral health services to the underserved population in Okaloosa County.  Our dental team consists of dentists, dental assistants, and other professionally trained staff.

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Call today to schedule an appointment!     
Sorry, no walk-ins.
850-689-5593
Phone lines open at 7:30 a.m., Monday - Friday.
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Exams •  Cleanings •  Sealants •  Fluoride varnish treatments • 
X-rays •  Fillings • Extractions • Pulpotomies • Stainless steel crowns • Space maintainers • Sedative restorations • Emergency care
  
Note:
  Nitrous oxide and oral sedation are not available at our clinic

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Attention!  Medicaid Dental Coverage is Changing.
NOTE:  As of December 1, 2012

•  You should receive a letter from Medicaid in November asking you to choose a plan.
•  Our clinic will accept Medicaid, DentaQuest, and MCNA plans.
•  DentaQuest and MCNA plan participants will receive a card in the mail.
•  You are not required to see the dentist listed on the card.
•  You may choose to see any dentist that accepts the plan.

Questions about the changes?  Call 850-689-5593.




 

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Useful Links & Information

•  American Dental Association (ADA) 
   America's leading advocate in oral health; Tips, ADA accepted product information, news, & more!

•  FDA (US Food & Drug Administration) Regulation on Dental Amalgam (metal fillings) 

    In 2009, the FDA issued a regulation on dental amalgam. 
•  CDC: Children's Oral Health 

   Tooth decay affects children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease?

•  National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) 

   Educational resources, data and statistics, news, and more
•  National Center for Health Statistics  A rich source of information about America's Health
 

  View our Dental Clinic
Brochure
Image of Dental brochure - Okaloosa County Health Department Dental - Opens New Window - PDF 1.10mb
   Healthy Tips for Parents:


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Start early! 
...as soon as first tooth appears!

Use fluoride toothpaste (for children ages 2-6) ...the size of a pea.  Children under 2 should not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised by a doctor or dentist.

Supervise.  Watch them brush twice a day.

Talk to your dentist!

More...

   
• Need a ride to our office?
Check out Okaloosa County Transit for public transportation info, or call:
850.833.9168   Fort Walton
850.689.7809   Crestview
850.833.9283   TDD
 
 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions


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   •  What should I know about the fluoride from a public water supplier?

   •  What do I need to know about fluoride and groundwater from a well?

   •  Why are baby teeth so important?

   •  What is bottle rot?

   •  What are sealants and why does my child need them?

   •  Where is the dental clinic located?

 

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
 

Q:  My home gets its water from a public water supplier. 
What do I need to know about the fluoride content?
 


The optimum fluoride level for community public water supply systems is 0.6 mg/L (milligrams per liter) to 1.2 mg/L.
•  A complete listing of Okaloosa water suppliers

Water System Name

Amount of Fluoride (mg/L)
Auburn Water System 0.00
Baker Water System 0.50
Bluewater Bay Raintree Development 0.00
City of Crestview Water Department 0.20
City of Fort Walton Beach 0.80
City of Laurel Hill 0.00
City of Niceville 0.80
City of Valparaiso 0.00
Destin Water Users 1.00
Holt Water Works 0.00
Mid Okaloosa County Water System 0.00
Milligan Water System 0.00
Okaloosa Correctional Institute 0.00
Okaloosa County Water and Sewer System 0.80
Town of Mary Esther 0.70


Other common sources of fluoride include drinking water, beverages and food processed with fluoridated water, prescription dietary supplements, professional dental products, etc.


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Q:  My home gets its water from a private well. 
What do I need to know about fluoride and groundwater from a well?
 


Fluoride is present in virtually all waters at some level, and it is important to know the fluoride content of your well water - particularly if you have children.  If you have a home well, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) recommends having a sample of your water analyzed by a laboratory at least once every three years.  Check with your dentist, physician, or public health department to learn how to have your home's well water tested.

•  CDC Fact Sheet |  Private Well Water and Fluoride


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Q:  Why are primary ("baby") teeth so important?
 


Primary teeth may be temporary, but they deserve good care.  A child needs strong, healthy primary teeth to chew, speak, and have a good-looking smile!  These baby teeth also help keep a space in the jaw for adult teeth.  If a baby tooth is lost too early, the teeth beside it may drift into the empty space.  Then, when it's time for adult teeth to come in, there may not be room.  This can make teeth crooked or crowded.

Remember - your child's baby teeth are at risk for decay as soon as they first appear -- which is typically around 6 months of age

•  See a permanent teeth eruption chart


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Q:  What is baby bottle rot?


Three images of teeth with bottle rot
 

Baby bottle rot ("bottle rot," "baby bottle tooth decay," "nursing bottle," or "nursing mouth syndrome") is a dental condition that can destroy an infant's teeth.  This is caused when an infant's teeth are frequently exposed to sugary liquids (milk, breast milk, formula, fruit juice, sweetened water, etcetera) for long periods of time. 

Allowing your baby to fall asleep with a bottle can harm his/her teeth.  During sleep, the flow of saliva is decreased, allowing liquids to pool around the teeth.  Teeth become covered by a thin, sticky film called plaque.  Bacteria in plaque use sugar to produce acid which attacks tooth enamel.  Tooth decay occurs after frequent acid attacks, breaking down the enamel of the tooth.  The good news is - tooth decay is preventable!

Sealants can help protect enamel from plaque and acids, and fluoride can help prevent cavities from forming.


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Q:  What are sealants, and why does my child need them?
 



Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that protect the chewing surfaces of children's back teeth from decay.  Sealant material is painted on as a liquid, then hardens to a solid shield over the tooth.  The process is simple and painless.  Children should get sealants as soon as their permanent molars come in. 





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Image of a tooth before sealant is applied
BEFORE sealant




Image of a tooth before sealant is applied
AFTER sealant




 


Q:  I'm new to the area.  Where is the dental clinic located?
 

810 East James Lee Boulevard, Crestview, Florida

Map showing location of the Okaloosa County Health Department Dental Clinic - east of North Ferdon Boulevard & Hathaway Street - on Highway 90 / James Lee Boulevard

 



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