Since April 2005, Lincoln County Health Department has served children ages 6-18 who are residents of Lincoln County and had MO HealthNet (Medicaid) or are uninsured, providing dental services.
“It started out small and built up a waiting list,” said Cassie Elie, LPN and dental coordinator.
The program started with all volunteers consisting of dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants who provided complete dental care for a few hours a month whenever their schedule allowed them to be here.
Elie said today there is no waiting list. Besides having kept the dedicated volunteers, the health department has been able to contract with a part-time dentist and dental assistant to provide dental care.
With a shortage of dentists in the area that accept MO HealthNet insurance, the clinic has been able to provide this care. The uninsured pay a small fee for each visit. And thanks to routine donations from the Troy Kiwanis and Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, other assistance with oral surgery and endodontics for patients is available.
MO HealthNet officer three plans: HealthCare USA, Missouri Care Health Plan and Home State Health Partners. The clinic accepts children who have those plans. Unfortunately, pregnant women an are not seen at the children’s clinic. However, adults with HealthCare USA can receive an annual exam and cleaning but only at a dental office accepting HealthCare USA and offers treatment for adults. Any adult without dental insurance, may call the Dental Clinic at 636-528-6117, ext. 4 for dental provider resources, providing dental service for the low-income and underserved individuals.
The children’s dental clinic is accepting new patients so, if your child qualifies, call the above number. Your child’s first visit will consist of an exam, x-rays, cleaning and a fluoride treatment. Any appointments needed for restorations will be made accordingly at that time.