Harbor Care Health and Wellness Center Dental Clinic
The Harbor Care Health and Wellness Center Dental Clinic is a part of a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that offers dental care to anyone and everyone, regardless of the ability to pay for services. We accept private and state dental insurances, as well as offering a sliding fee scale, based upon income, for those who apply. Our goal is to provide high-quality dental/oral health care to those in need. We want you to feel comfortable and secure working with our compassionate and caring dental team, and we know you will!
· Delta Dental
· Medicaid (State Insurance)
· While we submit to all insurances, patients are responsible for their policy coverage.
We offer Sliding Fee Scale Benefits
To qualify for our sliding fee scale, you must fill out an application with proof of all household income, and this must be submitted at your initial exam appointment. Sliding fee scale benefits are typically determined within 1 week and someone from the clinic will contact you to schedule your next dental appointment. A letter will be sent to you in the mail with proof of your approval within 1-2 weeks. Once your application has been processed, your benefits will be determined. If you do not have any insurance, we can set you up with our patient navigator to see if you qualify for NH Medicaid benefits.
Does Medicaid cover my dental visit?
Medicaid will typically cover emergency visits as well as extractions to those over the age of 21. However there are exceptions. Patients with Medicare and Medicaid will need a staff member to confirm their eligibility. We offer our sliding fee scale benefits for coverage with services that Medicaid may not cover. Children up to the age of 20 years and 11 months (just under 21) typically have all dental services covered by Medicaid.
Why do regular visits to the dentist matter?
Regular dental visits are very important because they can help spot oral health problems early on, when treatment is more likely to be simpler and more affordable. Preventive dental visits also help avoid many oral health problems from developing in the first place. Visiting the dentist regularly is also important because some diseases or medical conditions have symptoms that can appear in the mouth. In addition, poor oral health affects the health of your whole body, along with your self-esteem. If you have not seen a dentist in a long time, that is okay! We can start where you are today! We are here to help you when you need us.
What can I expect at my first dental visit?
Your first comprehensive visit with the dentist will include: meeting the dental staff; a review of your medical history; an examination of your mouth and teeth (includes oral cancer screening); x-rays; and setting up a treatment plan that you feel comfortable with. If your first visit has to be scheduled on an emergency basis, we will take an x-ray of the tooth in question and decide the best treatment option. If we are able to go forward with the procedure that day, we will do so; if not, we will schedule you to come back in a timely manner. After your emergency treatment is completed, we always invite our patients back for a comprehensive evaluation to become a regular patient.
How much is this going to cost?
Our minimum co-payment for a dental visit may be as low as $5 (for those who do not have private insurance). Once we have seen you for the first time, our dental staff will provide you with a treatment plan explaining the cost of each appointment. We do offer sliding fee scale benefits! At your first appointment you will be asked to bring in proof of income, or proof of unemployment, and will fill out an application. If you do have private insurance, please contact your insurance company, and ask them to provide you with a breakdown of your benefits, so you will know ahead of time what costs you will be responsible for.
We see children of all ages!
Bring the whole family.
When should you first bring your child(ren) to the dentist?
To prevent tooth decay, your child should be seen when the first tooth appears or before his/her first birthday.
How can parents prevent tooth decay in their children?
Parents should take their children to the dentist regularly, as soon as their first tooth is present. Then, the dentist and/or hygienist can teach the child and parents about the importance of brushing and flossing, and inform the parents about how to supervise and help their children maintain their oral health. These home oral hygiene routines, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a lifetime of healthy habits, and a beautiful smile!
Call today for an appointment!
Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm.
Please call 603-821-7788 to set up your first appointment or to ask us any questions.
We are here to help you and look forward to meeting you!
The Dental Clinic is a part of the Harbor Care Health and Wellness Center, which also offers medical and behavioral health services. If you are interested in getting more information about our clinic, please contact 603-821-7788 or click here.