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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.