CONTACT: C. LINDON LARSON
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-9569; fax (319) 384-4638
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
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.