A toothache or a cavity can be painful. It can make eating a tough task and affect your overall health. Some oral health problems can lead to costly dental treatment, such as a tooth removal, filling or a root canal. As we get older, it is important to take care of our teeth and gums. Many adults do not visit the dentist due to the cost of dental work and the lack of dental care coverage (ADA). Having a dental plan can help cover some or most of the cost of oral care. A dental plan can also cover the cost of dental checkups. Dental exams allow a dentist to find any problems with your teeth and gums before they become costly to treat. Read more for ways to get help with dental costs to keep you and your smile healthy.

Help with dental costs for you and your family.

Medi-Cal Dental Program. Medi-Cal is a health insurance program for children and adults with limited income and resources. As a Medi‑Cal member, your benefits and your child’s benefits include dental coverage at little or no cost to you. You can enroll in the Medi-Cal program year round. Visit Covered California or call 800‑300‑1506 for more information and how to apply.

Get health and dental coverage during the COVID-19 response.  Many people have had changes in their jobs due to COVID-19. Hours have reduced and there have been layoffs. Covered California is currently offering special enrollment periods for people who need coverage and are eligible.

About dental plans. Learn what a dental plan covers, the types of dental plans (Colgate), and tips for choosing a plan right for you. Read which questions to ask when finding a plan and choosing a dentist (ADA-Mouth Healthy).

Help with dental and health care costs on Smile Habits OC.

Paying for dental care. Find health and dental care centers for children, teens and adults who are Medi-Cal members, have other insurance, are uninsured or cannot afford care. See a list of health centers in Orange County open during the COVID-19 response.

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