Health and Human Services

DENTAL SERVICES

The HDHHS’ Bureau of Oral Health (BOH) emphasizes primary preventive dentistry, e.g., optimal oral hygiene and nutrition, sealants, and fluoride for its program participants. Additionally, it provides comprehensive dental services, with the exception of orthodontics and posterior root canals, for persons ages six (6) months through 21 years utilizing Title V funding; for Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) recipients ages one (1) through 18 years; and for Medicaid recipients ages six (6) months through 20 years. Prenatal and post-partum (up to 90 days) dental services are provided through Title V funding. Preventive dental services are provided for WIC enrolled mothers/legal guardians.

 

New > Guide to Children's Dental Oral Health

 

New > 1115 Waiver Information - Oral Health Services for At Risk Populations Project

 


La Nueva Casa de Amigos Dental Clinic
1809 North Main Street  3rd Floor
Houston  TX  77009-8310
713-547-8076
Magnolia Dental Clinic
7037 Capitol Street
Houston  TX  77011
713-928-9578

Northside Dental Clinic

8504 Schuller
Houston  TX  77093-7603
713-742-1320

Sharpstown Health Services – Dental

(Medicaid and CHIP only)
6201 Bonhomme Road #350-S
Houston  TX  77036-4365
713-780-5680
Sunnyside Dental Clinic
4605 Wilmington Blvd.
Houston  TX  77051-3319
713-732-5065
Call 713-547-8076, or the health center nearest you. Dental Eligibility Interview Sites include all of the clinics listed except Sharpstown Health Services - Dental.

 


A Healthy Smile for Your Child


Una Sonrisa Sana Para Sus Niños


 


General Information for Dental Services


Medicaid Card


• 6 months through 20 years of age


CHIP Card


• 1 year through 18 years of age


WIC Shopping List

 

  • • Dental appointments for WIC children can be made by presenting a current WIC Shopping List.
  • • Mothers/legal guardians of WIC children are eligible for one dental visit.


City Dental Card

 

  • • Persons; 6 months - 21 years of age and who do not have Medicaid, CHIP, or WIC
  • • Pregnant women through 90 days post-partum
  • • Call one of the Dental Interview Sites for information to obtain a City Dental Card.

 

Dental Interview Sites

 

La Nueva Casa de Amigos
Magnolia Health Center  
Northside Health Center 
Sharpstown Health Services  
Sunnyside Health Center
1809 N. Main St.
7037 Capitol St. 
8504 Schuller Rd. 
6201 Bonhomme Rd. #350-S  
4605 Wilmington St.  
713-547-8115
713-928-9518
713-696-5930
713-780-5656
713-732-5006

 


 

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CITY OF HOUSTON
Houston Department of Health and Human Services, 8000 North Stadium Drive #26
Houston TX 77054-1823 Telephone: 713-732-5065

Program Overview

 


Oral health plays a significant part in one’s overall health and well being. The 2001 Dental Needs Assessment in Harris County revealed


45.9% of 2nd graders had untreated decay.

 

It is known children who suffer from oral health problems cannot learn well in school. Using an evidence and community-based public health dental approach, Project Saving Smiles (PSS) provides dental screening, dental sealants, fluoride varnish, and oral health education free of charge targeting 2nd graders enrolled in the Free or Reduced Lunch Program and who have written parental consent. In a collaborative effort, the Houston Department of Health & Human Services, Good Neighbor Healthcare Center, Department of State Health Services, Women of Rotary, Texas Oral Health Coalition-Houston Region, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston – Dental Branch, Houston Community College, area schools, and other partners provide these preventive services.


Dental sealants are thin coatings applied to the chewing surface of the back teeth to prevent cavities. Sealants fill in the deep pits and grooves where food and plaque (bacteria) accumulate. Sealants, at times, may need to be reapplied to remain protective to the teeth. The sealants placed on the children’s teeth may be checked after one year to ensure they are retained. If needed, new sealants will be placed. Fluoride varnish is a protective coating painted on the teeth to help prevent new cavities and to stop cavities that have already started. No anesthesia is needed for the applications.


The PSS invites Houston area schools which have 70% or more students on the Free or Reduced Lunch Program.


Goal 1: Reduce dental cavities/decay in low-income students
Goal 2: Decrease school absences by decreasing oral pathology



View photos from Project Saving Smiles

 

Photos from Project Saving Smiles - April 2013