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|
|CompleteCare Health Network|
|Eric B. Chandler Health Center|
New Brunswick, NJ
|Henry J. Austin Health Center|
|Horizon Health Center|
Jersey City, NJ
|Jewish Renaissance Medical Center|
Perth Amboy, NJ
|Lakewood Resource and Referral Center|
|Metropolitan Family Health Network|
Jersey City, NJ
|Monmouth Family Health Center|
Long Branch, NJ
|Neighborhood Health Services Corporation|
|Newark Community Health Centers, Inc.|
|North Hudson Community Action Corporation Health|
Union City, NJ
|Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc.|
|Paterson Community Health Center|
|Southern Jersey Family Medical Center, Inc.|
|VNA of Central Jersey Community Health Center, Inc.|
Asbury Park, NJ
|Zufall Health Center|
For further information contact Stephanie Gee, Quality & Integration Improvement Specialist, at New Jersey Primary Care Association, 609-689-9930 ext.17 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.