When I first searched for free dental care in North Carolina, my first stop was to seek the assistance of the N.C. Dental Association. As the representative dental agency in the state, they would know firsthand of any programs available.
So when I emailed them, this was the response that I received…
“We have a program called the NC MOM (free 2 day dental clinic throughout the state) that could possibly help with your problem. To view the schedule and find other useful information about the clinics, click here.
Another option might be contacting Donated Dental Services (available for disabled and/or senior citizens, must qualify), however this is not a quick process and if you need something sooner, contacting a Safety Net Clinic (sliding scale fee) in your area by following this link.
If I can be of further assistance please feel free to contact me, and I wish you the best of luck in your search.”
So this was a pretty good starting point…
Free Dental Care in North Carolina
North Carolina Mission of Mercy
The first thing the email mentioned were the traveling road shows where dentists volunteer their time.
In looking at the schedule, there are only three events scheduled for the year…and one of those was a “Children’s Only Clinic”. So while this is a start it also isn’t necessarily ideal.
Donated Dental Services
In conjunction with the North Carolina Dental Society, Donated Dental Services (DDS) provides services to the elderly with limited financial resources to pay for these services. There are stipulations…no cosmetic dentistry, emergencies or cleanings…and you have to meet financial requirements as well, but you can contact Jennifer E Gillette, the NC DDS Coordinator, 877-650-9001.
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
The NCDHHS maintains a list of dentists who accept Medicaid at their website. The list is by county and I have to say that it is an extensive list.