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Community Involvement


Dental OPTIONS is a program provided through a joint partnership between the ODA and the Ohio Department of Health that helps eligible, low-income uninsured adults in Ohio obtain access to dental care.

Receiving quality dental care is important, but many Americans must often choose between dental care and other daily living expenses – and dental care is often sacrificed.

Nationally, access to affordable dental care is a major problem; however, organized dentistry in Ohio has been visionary – responding to this need with statewide programs that provide needed access to oral health care to qualified individuals.

One such program is Dental OPTIONS, sponsored jointly by the Ohio Dental Association and the Ohio Department of Health. It is a program that links qualified, uninsured Ohioans with participating volunteer dentists.

Since 1997, over 15,000 uninsured Ohioans have received renewed oral health and are smiling brightly because of the dental care given by volunteer dentists in the Dental OPTIONS program. Many patients report that their lives are changed significantly for the better because of a caring dentist and staff!

State fiscal year 2013-14 was a year of great success for the OPTIONS program. Dentists can learn more about these successes here.

Watch the video below to see dentist testimonials (if you are browsing on a mobile device, please click here to see the video)