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Californians may access oral health care and dental services in a variety of ways.  These resources will help you enroll in dental insurance plans and find a dentist that accepts your insurance coverage.

Medicaid Dental Insurance

California’s form of Medicaid, known as Medi-Cal, provides free or low-cost health coverage for children, pregnant women, and adults with limited incomes and resources.  Dental services are currently provided as one of the many benefits under the Medi-Cal program. Medi-Cal’s dental coverage is known as Denti-Cal. Medi-Cal’s open enrollment is continuous, meaning you can apply for Medi-Cal insurance coverage at any time. If your Medi-Cal application is accepted, you will automatically be enrolled in both Medi-Cal and Denti-Cal.

Once you and or your child are enrolled in Medi-Cal or the Child Health and Disability Prevention Program, you can find a dentist that accepts Denti-Cal insurance coverage through these two websites:

  • InsureKidsNow.Gov: Denti-Cal, in coordination with Insure Kids Now, provides Denti-Cal members with a new way to search for local dentists that may be accepting new patients. You can narrow down your search results by specifying the distance you are willing to travel, a preferred language, among other criteria. 
  • California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS): Members can view a list of dentists who may be accepting new Denti-Cal patients by identifying the county where you would like to receive services.

Medi-Cal members can also call the California Department of Health Care Services’ Beneficiary Customer Service Line at 1-800-322-6384 if they are having problems finding a dentist.

Persons without Dental Insurance

You can access dental services in a variety of ways even if you do not have dental insurance.

Federally qualified health centers and other community clinics can provide care for you, even if you do not have health insurance. You pay for services based on your income.

  • Federally Qualified Health Center: Find a health center near you that provides dental services. Narrow down search results by entering your address, state, or county.
  • California Primary Care Association: Find a clinic in California. Please note, this platform will yield search results that provide medical, dental, and health care services, not just dental services.

Dental schools and dental hygiene schools often have clinics that allow dental students to gain experience treating patients while providing care at a reduced cost.

Private Dental Insurers and Covered CA Insurers

Family and adult dental benefits may be purchased directly through your employer. You can purchase dental insurance through Covered California if your employer does not offer dental insurance coverage. Covered California is the marketplace for people and small businesses to find out if they are eligible for federal premium assistance to buy health insurance, including dental coverage, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 

  • Covered California:  All Californians can sign up for dental insurance during the annual open-enrollment period, which begins in the fall. Many others may be eligible to sign up at any time during the year due to a life-changing event such as getting married, having a child or moving.

Once you are enrolled in a dental insurance plan, you can find a dentist that accepts your insurance coverage by visiting your health plan’s website.

Resources to Learn More about Dental Coverage

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