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University of Iowa provides free dental care for children with disabilities

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa children and young adults with disabilities who are from low-income families are eligible for free dental care through a program coordinated by the University of Iowa.

The statewide program, Dental Care for Persons with Disabilities, is administered by the department of pediatric dentistry at the UI College of Dentistry, the University Hospital School and the Iowa Department of Public Health.

To qualify, participants must be younger than 21 and have a physical, emotional or developmental disability. Participants' family income must total less than 185 percent of federal poverty guidelines.

Those eligible for the program can receive preventive and restorative dental treatment, including examinations and dental sealants. Because funding for the program is limited, orthodontic or comprehensive aesthetic dental reconstruction is not available.

Dental services are provided at the University Hospital School and 11 private dental offices around the state. Participating dentists are located in Carroll, Council Bluffs, Creston, Des Moines, Laurens, Mason City, Monona, Sioux Center, Sioux City, Waterloo and Waukon.

For more information about the program, contact Ann Alliger, project coordinator, at (319) 356-1513.