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Release: July 3, 2001

Program offers free dental care for persons with disabilities

IOWA CITY, 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 Center for Disabilities and Development (formerly called 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 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines.

This program provides preventive and restorative dental treatment, including examinations and dental sealants. Because of limited funding, orthodontic services and extensive cosmetic reconstruction are not available.

Dental services are provided at the Center for Disabilities and Development in Iowa City and 13 private dental offices across the state. Participating dentists are located in Ames, Carroll, Council Bluffs, Creston, Des Moines, Laurens, Mason City, Monona, Pella, Sioux Center, Sioux City, Waterloo and Waukon.

For more information about the Dental Care For Persons With Disabilities Program, contact Gayle Gilbaugh, project coordinator, at the Center for Disabilities and Development, 319-356-1513.