ORAL HEALTHCARE

Oral health is a vital part of overall health throughout the life cycle. Most people know that regular medical and dental check-ups are important. Yet many people cannot afford routine dental care because of fixed incomes or limited access to care. Poor oral health impacts overall health and increases the risk for chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. Other challenges may include problems chewing, pain, limiting food choices and low self-esteem due to an unattractive physical appearance.

Healthy teeth are important to a child’s overall health. From the time a child is born, there are things that can be done to promote healthy teeth and prevent cavities.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one quarter of adults over the age of 65 have lost all of their teeth. Major barriers for the elderly obtaining proper dental services include lack of access to dental care and high costs.

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) are uniquely positioned to increase access to oral health services in the communities experiencing acute access problems. Dental care is part of the comprehensive services available at many of the FQHCs in New Jersey. The following list of Community Health Centers provide dental and oral health services:

NJ COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS PROVIDE DENTAL & ORAL HEALTH SERVICES

CAMcare Health Corporation

Camden, NJ
856-541-3270

www.camcare.net
CompleteCare Health Network

Bridgeton, NJ
856-451-4700

www.completecarenj.org
Eric B. Chandler Health Center

New Brunswick, NJ
732-235-6700

Rwjms.umdnj.edu
Henry J. Austin Health Center

Trenton, NJ
609-278-5900

www.henryjaustin.org
Horizon Health Center

Jersey City, NJ
201-451-6300

www.horizonhealth.org
Jewish Renaissance Medical Center

Perth Amboy, NJ
732-376-9333

www.jrmc.us
Lakewood Resource and Referral Center

Lakewood, NJ
32-364-2144

www.chemedhealth.org
Metropolitan Family Health Network

Jersey City, NJ
201-478-582

metrofhn.com
Monmouth Family Health Center

Long Branch, NJ
732-923-7100

www.mfhcnj.org
Neighborhood Health Services Corporation

Plainfield, NJ
908-753-6401

www.phcmednet.org
Newark Community Health Centers, Inc.

Newark, NJ
973-483-1300

www.nchcfghc.org
North Hudson Community Action Corporation Health

Union City, NJ
201-210-0100

www.nhcac.org
Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc.

Lakewood, NJ
732-363-6655

www.ohinj.org
Paterson Community Health Center

Paterson, NJ
973-790-6594
Southern Jersey Family Medical Center, Inc.

Hammonton, NJ
609-567-0200

www.sjfmc.org
VNA of Central Jersey Community Health Center, Inc.

Asbury Park, NJ
800-862-3330

www.vnacj.org
Zufall Health Center

Dover, NJ
973-328-3344

www.zufallhealth.org

For further information contact Stephanie Gee, Quality & Integration Improvement Specialist, at New Jersey Primary Care Association, 609-689-9930 ext.17 or email sgee@njpca.org.