Elder Dental Care. A Reason to Smile.
Oral health care is important no matter what your age is. Regular checkups can prevent gum disease and tooth loss. Older adults who keep their teeth healthy can enjoy their food and eat better.
Low Cost Dental Care for Seniors
Since 2002, low-income adults over age 60 have been able to apply to receive dental care at reduced cost through our network of volunteer local dentists and oral health specialists. More than 60 volunteer dental professionals now participate in this important program.
Click here for application. Once completing application, please either mail it to Elder Dental Program, 10 Emory St., Attleboro, MA 02703 or email it to CWeylman@CommunityVNA.com.
Who is Eligible for the Elder Dental Program?
To qualify for the program, you must be:
- Age 60 or over
- Without dental insurance
- A Massachusetts resident of Bristol County and southern Norfolk County
- A household with an annual income below $32,200 and maximum savings of $25,438 for singles; or under $43,550 in annual income and up to $50,587 in savings for couples.
What Services are Provided?
- Root canals
At this time, we are unable to provide assistance with new dentures, partials and crowns. We refer patients needing services that require dental lab work to community dental schools.
How Does the Elder Dental Program Work?
To enroll, you must complete an application that covers basic information about your income and savings. Once we determine your financial eligibility, our program manager will be in touch to match you with a conveniently located dentist.
We will help schedule your first appointment. Payment for services is due at the time of the visit; fees are based on the program’s discounted sliding scale as determined by your financial status. We explain ahead of time what your fee will be, so there are no surprises.
Free Dental Screenings
Each spring and fall, HopeHealth Community VNA sponsors Free Dental Screening Clinics for people age 60 and older, regardless of their financial status.
Volunteer dentists examine patients for problems with their teeth, gums, and dentures and screen for oral cancer.
Dental hygienists and dental hygiene students demonstrate the proper way to take care of teeth and dentures. A nutritionist is also available to discuss chewing problems, dry mouth, potential medication interactions and other concerns. These clinics also offer the opportunity to have dentures professionally cleaned and labeled at no cost.
Pre-registration for free screenings is required.