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Sunday, December 23, 2001 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Low-cost dental care: where you can get help

University of Washington School of Dentistry

Phone: 206-616-6996.

Who qualifies: Adults who have been screened to make sure they require only routine dental care (dentures, root canals, gum disease, cleanings, fillings, crowns, bridges, etc.). Not all who apply are selected. A separate children's clinic requires no screening.

What you get: Routine dental care from student dentists (and their supervisors). Appointments usually last three hours. Wait times can be up to six months. Fees are about 40 percent of what a private practice charges.

Northwest Medical Teams Mobile Dental Care Clinic

The clinic visits these sites:

Bellevue (Hope-Link): 425-899-3254.

Seattle (New Horizons): 206-374-0866.

Bothell (Hope-Link): 425-899-3254.

Renton (St. Anthony's Parish): 425-255-3132.

Who qualifies: People with low incomes or no insurance, screened by 18 agencies (mostly senior centers, schools and churches) in Western Washington.

What you get: Free or nominal-cost routine dental treatment provided by a pool of 100 volunteer dentists, at 19 locations in six counties (Skagit, Pierce, Snohomish, King, Thurston and Lewis). Christian/humanitarian organization. Van operates year-round.

Smilemobile

Mobile dental van, operated by Washington State Dental Association and Washington Dental Service, travels all across the state. Schedule available by calling.

Phone: 800-367-4104.

Web site: www.DeltaDentalWA.com

Who qualifies: Children 13 and younger.

What you get: routine dental care.

Access to Baby and Child Dentistry Program (ABCD)

Low-cost dental services for infants and children through age 6 in Snohomish, Thurston, Whatcom, Island and Mason counties.

Phone: 206 528 2331

Webs site: www.abcd-dental.org

Who qualifies: Children 6 and under from low-income and Medicaid-eligible families.

What you get: Low-cost dental screening, education, preventive and restorative care.

Community Dental Clinics

Phone: 425-656-0848.

Web site: www.wacmhc.org

Who qualifies: Anyone welcome. Sliding-scale fees based on income. Accepts all people with Medicaid coupons.

What you get: All types of dental treatment. Expect waits of several months. Emergency problems are seen immediately.

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