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Access to Senior Dental Care a Growing Concern

12/14/2012 3:00pm

Low income older adults have limited options when looking for dental care. Only about 20% of dentists accept Medicaid and those that do are rarely accepting new patients. This forces many older adults to avoid dental care, which can cause and compound other diseases. 

 

AAAWM has teamed up with volunteer dentists, hygienists and now students through Grand Rapids Community College Dental Clinic to provide Senior Dental Days.

Working with non-profit agencies, clients re identified based on need. Those identified receive a free dental cleaning, any necessary x-rays, screening examination and a referral if needed (efforts will be made to find a dentist to  adopt them for future dental care at a free or reduced cost).

Local organizations estimated that over 1,000 seniors are in need to affordable dental care. One agency in West Michigan has a year- long waiting list and sees people line up at 4 a.m. to try and get an appointment.

AAAWM would like to expand Senior Dental Days but we need volunteer dentists, hygienists and community members to help make this a reality. If you would like to volunteer, contact the agency at (616) 456-5664 and ask for Senior Dental Days.

Comments

#1 Sandy Pahl said:

What a blessing this service could be for those of us who cannot afford dental work but really need some. How do I get enrolled for this service?

#2 webmaster said:

Sandy, thank you for your comment, unfortunately there is a huge need for senior dental care. We don't have another Senior Dental Day planned until December 2013. However there may be some additional options, depending on where you live. We will contact you directly to provide you with additional information.

#3 susan mckearney said:

my mother, 80 yrs, has desperate need for tooth extraction and partial dentures (upper). they have an income of $1200 mo. and she desperately needs services asap.
please get back w me.

susan mckearney

#4 Webmaster said:

Susan, I have forwarded your request to our Access Coordinators and someone will be contacting you directly.

#5 DANA HERNANDEZ said:

IM 55 IM I WAS TOLD YOU HAVE DENTAL HELP , FOR LOW IMCOME PEOPLE , 616 340 6680 IS A NUMBER YOU CAN REACH ME AT THANK YOU

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