A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today for the Chatham County Health Department Dental Clinic for Children. In attendance were public health representatives, Chatham County Board of Health members, and city and county officials. The Dental Clinic will serve children ages 0-17. The Dental Clinic features three treatment rooms and an X-ray room and offers services including cleanings, sealants, fillings, extractions, X-rays, and fluoride treatments.
The Dental Clinic is open Monday through Friday during regular health department hours. Reduced fees are available based on proof of income which should be presented at the first visit. The Dental Clinic also accepts Medicaid, Amerigroup, Peach State, WellCare, and CareSource.
“Our big emphasis is on cavity prevention in children,” said Dental Director for the Coastal Health District, Debra Smith, DMD. “As soon as that first tooth appears, there’s an opportunity for cavities. That’s why it is so important for children to see a dentist before the age of one.”
Dr. Smith, along with a dental hygienist, will also focus on educating parents on the importance of good dental hygiene. The Dental Clinic will help bridge the gap in access to dental care for children who are un- or under-insured.
“Dental care can be difficult to afford without insurance. By accepting all forms of Medicaid and allowing reduced fees for eligible families, we hope to fill a need for children who have limited options for dental services,” said Coastal Health District Health Director, Lawton Davis, M.D.
For more information on the Chatham County Health Department Dental Clinic, click HERE or call 912-691-6229.