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University of Iowa News Release

March 3, 2003

UI Program Offers Free Dental Care For Children With Disabilities

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 UI Center for Disabilities and Development, 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.

The 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 Center for Disabilities and Development in Iowa City and private dental offices across the state. Participating dentists are located in Ames, Bellevue, Carroll, Council Bluffs, Creston, Des Moines, Laurens, Maquoketa, Marshalltown, Mason City, Monona, Pella, Sioux Center, Sioux City, Waterloo and Waukon.

For more information about the program, contact project coordinator Gayle Gilbaugh at the UI Center for Disabilities and Development, 319-356-1513 or gayle-gilbaugh@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5141 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT(S): Media: Lin Larson, 319/335-9569, lin-larson@uiowa.edu. Program: Gayle Gilbaugh, 319-356-1513