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Dental Options

Ohio Partnership To Improve Oral Health
through Access to Needed Services

Dental OPTIONS is a program that helps people with low income and no dental insurance get discounted dental care.

  • Children 19 years and younger should apply for Healthy Start & Healthy Families first.
  • Dental OPTIONS does not help with dental emergencies.
  • There is a wait list to begin treatment.
  • Dental OPTIONS is a statewide program.

This office serves these counties: Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, and Wayne.

If you have a dental emergency, there are safety net dental clinics you may call. These clinics also offer discounted prices. Click here for a list of safety net dental clinics.

How do I qualify?

  • If you do NOT have dental insurance
  • If you do NOT have Medicaid 
  • If you have a low household income

What does Dental OPTIONS do?

  • Fillings
  • Pulling Teeth
  • Root Canals
  • Crowns
  • Gum Disease Treatment
  • Dentures
  • Partials

 What is NOT Offered?

  • Implants
  • Bridgework
  • Cosmetic services
  • Teeth whitening
  • Braces
  • Veneers

How Do I Apply?

  • Call (614) 466-4180 to get an application sent to you.

  • Send proof of income from all people living in the home with you (ex. 2-3 recent paystubs or benefits statement).
  • Mail application to address on the top of application. 
  • You will be sent notice through U.S. mail whether you are approved or denied

If I'm Approved, What Are the Next Steps? 

  • You will be put on a wait list for the county you live in. Wait lists vary by county and average from 6-24 months.
  • Once you reach the top of the wait list, you will be sent contact information for your assigned dentist.
  • You begin treatment and keep in touch with Dental OPTIONS.
  • You can have up to 3 years to finish your treatment.
  • You must wait 3 years before you can apply again.



Downloadable documents:

Link for Medicaid information:

Healthy Start & Healthy Families/ Medicaid

Tips for Good Oral Health:

  • Brush your teeth at least 2 times a day
  • Clean between your teeth 1 time a day with floss
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit snacking
  • Visit the dentist at least 2 times per year
  • Children should see a dentist by their 1st birthday

For more tips on good oral health:

American Dental Association

Ohio Dental Association

Ohio Department of Health