CONTACT: C. LINDON LARSON
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-9569; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: June 5, 20000
UI program offers free dental care for children with disabilities
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Children and young adults with disabilities from low-income
families may be 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.
This program provides preventive and restorative dental treatment, including
examinations and dental sealants. Because of limited funding, orthodontic
treatment and extensive cosmetic reconstruction are not available.
Dental services are provided at the University Hospital School in Iowa City
and 12 private dental offices across the state. Participating dentists are
located in Carroll, Council Bluffs, Creston, Des Moines, Laurens, Mason City,
Monona, Pella, Sioux Center, Sioux City, Waterloo and Waukon.
For more information about the program, contact Gayle Gilbaugh, project
coordinator, at the Univesity Hospital School, (319) 356-1517.