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Safety Net Dental Clinics

What are Safety Net Dental Clinics?

Safety Net Dental Clinics are non-profit dental facilities where low income families or individuals can go for dental care. Most clinics accept insurance, N.C. Medicaid and N.C. Health Choice for Children. Many of these clinics also provide services on a sliding-fee scale to low-income patients who have no dental insurance. There are Safety Net Dental Clinics in most of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

Who is Eligible?

Eligibility varies from clinic to clinic. Patients will need to provide proof of income. Contact the clinic for details.

How to Apply

The application process varies from clinic to clinic. Contact the clinic for details.


There are Safety Net Dental Clinics in most of North Carolina's 100 counties. Find your closest Safety Net Dental Clinic.

Access to Dental Care in Private Dental Practices

Most dental care in North Carolina is provided in private dental practices across the state. For help in locating a dentist in your area, you may contact your local dental society or the North Carolina Dental Society. The American Dental Association also provides information on finding a dentist.

Help with Paying for Dental Care

Finding dental care can be very difficult for many low income people. N.C. Medicaid and N.C. Health Choice for Children are programs that can help to cover dental expenses for people who qualify. To find out if you or your children qualify for one of these programs, contact your County Department of Social Services. You also may visit the N.C. Division of Medical Assistance web site.






Updated: January 2, 2020