When money is tight, it seems easy to let some things go. Dental care seems to be one of those things. Because it doesn't appear as critical unless there's a problem, and dental care is expensive--especially without insurance--a visit to the dentist may elude some people for years.
The Arizona Department of Health Services provided the following statistics about Arizona's oral health to the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health in Mesa:
Arizonans have a higher rate of oral disease than the national average. Both Arizona children and seniors are part of the growing underserved indicated by alarming statistics including:
- 31% of Arizona children have never had a dental check-up
- 43% of Arizona children ages 6 to 8 have untreated tooth decay, compared to the 31% national average
- 65% of Arizona children between ages of 11 to 13 have had tooth decay
- 42% of Arizona seniors have bleeding gums and/or calculus present requiring professional care
Statistics provided as of 2003.
Arizona's first dental school opened in 2003. Anyone who does not have a comprised health condition (for example, unusually high blood pressure) qualifies for dental care. A visit with a student dentist costs about half what it would cost for a regular dental visit. Specific fees will be outlined for each patient prior to treatment. Licensed doctors and specialists perform x-rays, mouth examinations and review oral health history. Procedures are performed by 3rd and 4th year dental students under close supervision of licensed faculty dental specialists.
Housed at the the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix in south central Phoenix, the Dave Pratt Dental Clinic provides dental care at very low cost to economically disadvantaged children aged 5 to 18 years who do not qualify for dental insurance. The Dave Pratt Dental Clinic is a full-service facility providing comprehensive oral examinations, x-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealant, fillings, extractions, root canals, and emergency treatments. The Clinic is open Tuesday through Friday.
The Mesa Community College Dental Hygiene clinic offers a full range of comprehensive dental hygiene services at fees less than most private dental practices. The Dental Hygiene clinic sees patients from late August through mid May in the evenings, Monday through Thursday. East Mesa.
The Midwestern University Dental Institute provides most of the same services you would get at a private dental office at 30% to 50% less than you might pay at a typical dentist's office. Glendale.
If you are a new patient, or it has been over two years since your last visit, your first visit will be for screening purposes only. At this appointment, a supervised dental hygiene student will gather data to determine your eligibility to receive dental hygiene care at the clinic. The facility is closed approximately five months per year (winter, spring and summer breaks and all other observed holidays). Phoenix.
The school offers dental cleanings for $25. Monday through Friday. Downtown Phoenix.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.