Low-Cost Dental Services

Finding affordable dental care can be a challenge but there are free and low-cost dental options in Texas.  Dental options vary based on things like your age, where you live and how much money you make. 

2-1-1

Calling 2-1-1 or visiting 211Texas.org is an excellent first step in identifying dental services in your area. The online locator searches by zip code or you can use the guided search to find dental programs in your area.  Assistance is available in more than 90 languages, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  To get started, click on a link below to find out how to access services or visit 211Texas.org.


Texas Health Steps and CHIP 

Most children and young adults age 20 and younger with Medicaid or CHIP  coverage get dental services through a managed care dental plan. The two dental plans listed below provide services across the state for all children's Medicaid (Texas Health Steps) and CHIP members who qualify for dental coverage.

Call Texas Health Steps toll-free, Monday through Friday, at 1-877-847-8377 (1-877-THSTEPS) for help finding a dentist or getting a dental checkup.

Medicaid for Pregnant Women

Low-income pregnant women may be eligible for Medicaid health-care benefits. These benefits are available during pregnancy and up to 2 months after the baby’s birth. Dental benefits may also be available through your Medicaid managed care health plans. Check your health plan to see if it includes dental benefits.

Case Management for Children and Pregnant Women can help pregnant women at high-risk for health problems during their pregnancy. If you have Medicaid, contact a case manager in your region to see if you are eligible for services. A case manager can help you find dental services.

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), also called community health centers, provide comprehensive health care services to underserved communities.  Many of the Texans they serve are indigent or uninsured.  Some FQHCs offer additional services, such as dental, mental health or substance abuse treatment.

To find an FQHC near you go to the HRSA Find a Health Center page.

Title V Maternal and Child Health Fee-for-Service Program

The Title V program is available to low-income women and children who aren’t eligible for Medicaid, CHIP,  or another payor that covers the same service. Individuals 21 and younger qualify for dental services.  Pregnant women are also eligible up to three months after they have given birth.

Dental Hygiene Clinics

Most dental hygiene programs have a dental clinic on campus which accepts patients from the general public. Treatment is performed by students and supervised by licensed clinical faculty. Types of dental treatment options, cost, and wait times vary. Please contact the dental hygiene clinic nearest you for more information. 

Dental Schools

Most dental colleges in Texas have a clinic on campus which accepts patients from the general public. Treatment is performed by students and supervised by licensed clinical faculty. The process for becoming a patient varies. Please contact the program for specific guidelines

Last updated October 18, 2019