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Douglas County Dental Clinic


 

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The Douglas County Dental clinic offers both preventative and restorative care on a sliding fee scale at our office in Lawrence, KS. We see adult residents of Douglas County who are at or below 200% of the federal poverty level and may or may not have private dental insurance. We also see children from Douglas and surrounding counties who may or may not have private dental insurance and/or state insurance. Currently, we work with a number of agencies in Lawrence to ensure that their clients have adequate access to care. Our Friendly Smiles Dental Outreach program visits over 30 schools in 6 counties to offer cleanings, x-rays, exams, fluoride varnishes and, in some cases, minor restorative care to students who qualify for free or reduced lunches. These students are then eligible to be seen at our clinic in Lawrence for additional services, provided their familiy meets our income requirements or the student is covered by state insurance. Our Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD) program focuses specifically on improving the oral health of children ages 0 to 5 years of age. We focus on outreach education and preventative care through offering fluoride varnishes, scheduling Tooth Fairy visits and giving oral health education presentations to kids.

The Douglas County Dental Clinic is a non-profit community dental clinic serving the residents of Douglas County, KS. Our mission is to provide quality dental care to low income and uninsured residents of Douglas County. The clinic grew out of the community concern that there was inadequate access to care for the underserved members of our community. In 1998, funding from the Rice Foundation and the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund allowed the group to purchase equipment and hire part time staff members. A few years later, a permenant location was found and the clinic saw its first official patient in October of 2001. Since then, the clinic has continued its dedication to helping community members overcome obstacles keeping them from improved oral health and unceasingly increasing their access to care.
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