Beautiful teeth are important and keeping your teeth and mouth healthy is also important to your overall health. Lack of access to dental care for all ages remains a public
health challenge and many Americans living in Arkansas are finding it difficult to pay a dentist for their dental needs. This may be because they are unable to afford dental treatment or unable
to get approved for financing because of bad credit.
Here we have listed the options for discounted dental plans that are available to residents of Arkansas:
Dental Benefits For Veterans - Dental benefits are provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs according to law. In some instances, Veterans Affairs is authorized to provide extensive dental care, while in other cases treatment may be limited. Eligibility and benefits for Veteran dental care are limited by law and categorized into VA dental classifications or classes. To learn if you are eligible for VA Dental Care, see va.gov/healthbenefits.
Arkansas Medicaid - This health care program for needy and low-income people uses federal and state government money to help pay for medically necessary medical services. This Medicaid program is operated by the Department of Human Services (DHS). Dental care and orthodontic care such as braces is covered for children under the age of 21 with Medicaid and ARKids First-A (children only with ARKids First-B are not eligible for orthodontic care). Medicaid will pay up to $500 a year for most dental care for adults that includes one office visit, one set of x-rays, one cleaning, one fluoride treatment, tooth extractions, fillings, and one set of dentures (fees for tooth-pulling and for dental lab services for dentures don't count toward your $500 limit). See medicaid.state.ar.us/InternetSolution/consumer/covered.aspx or call the the Arkansas Medical Assistance (Medicaid) Office toll-free at 1-800-482-5431 to learn more about covered health and dental benefits. To apply for Arkansas Medicaid on-line visit medicaid.state.ar.us/internetproviderenrollment/startanapplication.aspx or go to the Department of Human Services (DHS) office in the county where you live (please see medicaid.state.ar.us/internetsolution/consumer/howapp.aspx for the required documents you will need and see humanservices.arkansas.gov/Pages/DHSOffices.aspx for a list of Human Services (DHS) offices).
Arkansas Health Care Access Foundation - AHCAF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers a program called the Arkansas Donated Dental Services that helps Arkansans who are disabled, medically compromised, and elderly that are unable to afford needed dental treatment and have no other way of receiving help. To qualify, a person must also be an Arkansas resident and a U.S. citizen or verified permanent resident alien, the individual/family must fall within 150% of the current Federal Poverty Guidelines, the individual/family in need must not have any form of health insurance (this includes Medicare, Medicaid, and VA Medical Benefits), and a application must be completed along with the applicant going through a screening process. For more information or to get an application, contact the foundation at (800) 932-8247 or see their brochure at ahcaf.org/resource/DDS.pdf.
Arkansas Health Centers - There are many clinics in Arkansas that are available for people with little or no insurance. Residents of Arkansas should contact their local Health Center as many may provide discounted dental care to people unable to afford treatment. The Bureau of Primary Health Care, a service of the Health Resources and Services Administration, supports federally-funded community health centers across the United States that provide low-cost or free health services (based on income, fees are charged on a sliding fee scale of up to 100% discount), including dental care. See findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov or contact the Health Resources and Services Administration Information Center toll-free at 1–888–Ask–HRSA (1–888–275–4772) for a list of health centers in the counties of Calhoun, Woodruff, Lafayette, Dallas, Monroe, Searcy, Newton, Cleveland, Prairie, Nevada, Montgomery, Lee, Perry, Scott, Pike, Bradley, Chicot, Fulton, Stone, Desha, Little River, Izard, Howard, Lincoln, Madison, Clay, Marion, Sevier, Sharp, Van Buren, Lawrence, Grant, Cross, Randolph, Jackson, Franklin, Drew, Arkansas, Polk, Conway, Phillips, Ashley, Yell, Logan, Hempstead, Clark, Columbia, Poinsett, Johnson, Cleburne, Ouachita, Carroll, St. Francis, Hot Spring, Independence, Boone, Baxter, Union Greene, Miller, Mississippi, Crittenden, Pope, Crawford, Lonoke, White, Jefferson, Garland, Craighead, Saline, Faulkner, Sebastian, Washington, Benton, and Pulaski, in Arkansas.
Dental Schools - Dental schools are a excellent source of reduced-cost, quality dental treatment. Most of these teaching facilities have clinics that allow dental students to gain experience treating patients while providing care at a lowered cost. Licensed, experienced dentists closely supervise the students. Faculty and post-graduate clinics are also available at most dental schools.
At this time there are no dental schools located in the state of Arkansas. The state's medical school, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is taking steps to establish a dental school at its Little Rock campus. It could take several years to establish the dental school, but eventually the goal is for Arkansas to have its own school of dentistry. At this time, people interested in receiving treatment from a dental college should refer to the link below that can direct them to their closest surrounding state that has a dental school which provides patients with low cost dental care.
In-House Dental Financing - Some dentists in Arkansas may offer in-house financing regardless of past credit.
Below is a list of dentists that claim they can help people with bad credit financing for dental work in Arkansas:
At this time we are unable to locate any dental offices in Arkansas that offer in-house dental financing with bad credit. If any of our viewers are aware of any in-house financing programs for bad credit or if you are a dentist that offers such a program and want to be added to our list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
View sources of Bad Credit Unsecured Personal Loans that can be paid in monthly installments and used for expensive dental procedures.
Clinical Trials - The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research sometimes seeks volunteers with specific oral, dental and craniofacial conditions to participate in research studies, otherwise known as clinical trials. Researchers may provide study participants with limited low-cost or free dental treatment for the particular condition they are studying. To find out if there are any NIDCR clinical trials that you might fit into, visit the NIDCR web site at http://www.nidcr.nih.gov and click on "Clinical Trials." For a complete list of all federally funded clinical trials, visit http://clinicaltrials.gov.
For a list of dental assistance programs for people with bad credit or low income in other states please visit Dental Financing For Low Income/Bad Credit.