ABILENE — The Abilene Taylor County Public Health District has secured a community development block grant to help provide dental care to low-income patients.

According to the abilenetx.gov website, the “A Reason to Smile” dental program provides high-quality and affordable dental care for children, youth and adults residing in Abilene, Taylor County and surrounding areas.

The program is designed to provide quality dental care; increase the number of people in the Abilene-Taylor County and surrounding areas who being seen regularly for dental check-ups; educate the public on preventative measures to ensure healthy teeth for a lifetime; partner with schools to educate children about proper oral hygiene; and to increase the number of people that regularly attend scheduled appointments.

According to the website, there are no eligibility or residency requirements; although there are income guidelines for free or low-cost care. Medicaid for those 20 years and younger; Children’s Health Insurance Program; DentaQuest; MCNA Dental; Ameritas; and private pay at $150 per visit, will be the methods of payment accepted for the program.

Services provided with “A Reason to Smile” will be:

  • Oral examinations
  • X-rays
  • Prophylaxis (cleaning)
  • Scaling and root planing
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Dental sealants
  • Fillings – amalgam and composite
  • Uncomplicated extractions
  • Pulpotomy
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Dentures and partials

For more information about the program, go to abilenetx.gov/city-hall/departments/community-services/health/dental-program.