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FREE AND LOW COST DENTAL HELP - P.2

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goinincircles

I live in South Central Kansas. In my town they have a clinic for low income people to get dental care, but they're not taking new patients. If you are in pain, you can go in as a walk-in, but they only give you a 15 min window to get signed in.  I've been there, way ahead of time, 9 times in the past 3 weeks and still haven't seen a dentist.  The people for walk-in have to wait until people with appointments get checked in, and by them the 15 min window has closed and they turn you away.  I have heart diease and diabetis, which my bad teeth aren't helping. I use numbing OTC pain medication everyday several times a day and have for several months. I'm 61 and get SSDI and SSI and have Medicare and Medicaid, but neither pays for dental care for people my age and with only $694.00 a month income, by the time I pay my rent and heating bill, and my co-pay on my medications (which I take a lot of) and my co-pay on my Dr. visits and get my non-food items I need, I just don't have enough to go to a regular dentist.  My income isn't enough for me to afford payments, and Kansas has NO Schools for Dentist. The closest one is in Mo and that's over 250 miles from where I live. I have NO credit cards, cause I couldn't make the payments if they approved me, which they won't cause my income is too low. I took good care of my teeth all my life. I ate healthy, brushed and flossed and saw a dentist twice a yr while I was working.  I became disabled in 1997 and my income dropped dramatically, and as time passed the more medications I was put on, my teeth started going bad.  I have one missing tooth, loose teeth, painful teeth, rotten teeth.  I've never used illegal drugs, just medications prescribed to keep me alive. Medicaid and Medicare paid to remove cataracts from my eyes, and for glasses, but I don't understand why they won't pay for my teeth to be pulled when the infections are causing more damage to my heart, than any other health proble could.  If anyone knows of any help for people like me in my area, please let me know, as I've tried the links and find help in a bunch of states, but not in Kansas.  I'd moved to get help, but I can't afford that either.  If I could afford to move, I could afford a dentist.

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Niiki

Does anyone know where I could get low cost braces for children and adults in Columbia, South Carolina???

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tootalltam

I am in a similar situation with my teeth and circumstances. I spent a good part of the nineties addicted to meth. My now ex-husband and I became addicted together and breaking up and moving away in 2001 was my first step in a long process that I still haven't recovered from. I was in the process of having my teeth removed for dentures over a year ago. After starting the process I lost my Medicaid and shortly after my Metlife insurance. I have since reinstated my Medcaid, which won't pay for dentures. To recieve this help am I required to go to job search program 36hrs wk, and be actively looking for employment. I would love a job more than air right now, but I have one tooth left right top middle of what used to be a great smile. I have spent the last year trying to get dentures and go on with my life, but I can't make money to pay for them and some of the resources i have found want you to be employed, or abused. While I was mentally abused and stayed home with my 4 daughters for the last fifteen years, ultimately it was the meth that took my smile. I am still looking for resources to help with dentures, but having very little sucess. My kids age from 10 to 20 and they need more from me everyday. My teeth stop me from making any contact with the rest of the world. Teachers, other parents, as well as employers. This will continue to be a growing problem as meth becomes more widespread and the resources are needed to rebuild lives after meth.Too bad I can't find a way to use my experiece to help stop others headed in the same direction, and generate ways to gets my teeth back! Until then I guess we all have to deal with the choices we have made. Any ideas or resources would be helpful. tammy

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soulight
 in response to Kitty Kat 22401...   

Kitty Kat

I am sorry that you already contacted this org. and they didn't help It was a long shot.

I will see what else I can find in Florida . No one should have to suffer from the challenges of having  the pain and humiliation of dental problems. Dental assistance is a HUGE problem in this country. 

I will keep you in my prayers ,and I hope that I can find something that is not already listed on my dental pages. You never know because new programs are opening up  all the time. I wlll do what I can.

 

 

soulight

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soulight
 in response to Kitty Kat 22401...   

Hi Kitty Kat

There is a program for people who have survived domestic abuse that might help you . You would have to prove that part of your dental problem is from the abuse and NOT the meth. I hope this helps !

soulight

 

Link to the program :

 

 http://www.aacd.com/foundation/index.asp

 

 

 

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Rosie327
 in response to Kitty Kat 22401...   

Congrats on getting yourself and your son out of that situation.  Check out Soulight's page for dental resources, and click on Save Money/Make Money link in my profile to learn about my company's discount dental plan.  Best wishes, Rosie

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worriedwife

My husband is 24 and over the last couple of years i have seen the health of my husbands teeth deteriorate. he's had many nights of pain, we finally had the money to see a dentist, and he referred us to a surgeon, the surgeon sd that he has an impacted tooth, or teeth, all i could understand was that the impacted tooth had been pushing his other teeth together causing the problems, he ended up w/ an infection in his gums and has had to have several teeth removed, now he says there are very small cysts around the impacted tooth, so they need to remove all the top teeth that are beyond repair, which is all of them and several of his bottom teeth, he will need dentures, the problem is that w/ the extractions, ambulatory costs, anesthesia and dentures, it will come out to about $11,000, we just don't have that kind of money, what can we do. .... please help

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jbaby6879

I'm currently working in customer service And I deal with a lot of people on a daily basis but I have a really hard time smiling because of my teeth and the condition they are in. I'm 29 year old female and was in an abusive relationship for a few years where my partner knocked out 2 of my front teeth and I'm very insecure about my appearance now. I also have a lot of other dental work that needs to be done but I was hopeing I could find some kind of help to get some dentures.. I'm low income and have no means of insurance so could someone please direct me in the right direction on getting some help in this problem of mine 

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soulight

For Nancy McGuire :

As I said on my other dental pages , please make your own separate page if you want to advertise your business.

Thank you

soulight

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texasmother77

I am a single mother of two girls. Growing up my mother did not have insurance on us 4 children and therefore now I have much pain and a couple missing teeth that I would like to have fixed because I believe it has put an impact on my appearence and ability to find a better job or smile much. My older daughter whom is 6 asks me more often than I'd ever think, "Mommy, why are you missing teeth? Will they grow back like my tooth did that fell out?" It just makes me cry that I can not afford insurance to have it corrected. I'm affraid I am going to end up as a Mid 30's mother will no teeth. Does anyone have any ideas or links they might know of where I can get some help from??

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soulight
 in response to crystal9...   

Hi Crystal 9

It also depends on if you would want to make payments or not. AmeriPlan and the Careplan listed at the top of my page both would require a payment plan . You could also ask the orthodontist if they take payments. Also if the braces would be cosmetic rather than for medical correction , it might be hard to get them as a low-cost option.

soulight

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Rosie327
 in response to crystal9...   

You can get big discounts on braces by joining AmeriPlan.  Check my site for more info and for providers in your area:  http://www.BenefitsByRosie.com.  Best wishes, Rosie

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crystal9

Does anyone have info on low cost ortho braces for adults in illinois

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soulight
in response to...

WisconsinMom ,

 It is my pleasure.

God Bless you both !

soulight

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WisconsinMom

Soulight, thank you so much for that link to free and low cost dental assistance!  I have forwarded it on to Jenna who said she will start making calls tomorrow.  I don't know who is more excited....Jenna or me!  Thank you!

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