Access to dental care is a key component to good health. In most cases, tooth decay and gum disease can be prevented with proper care and treatment. Unfortunately, many families do not have health coverage for dental care or the means to pay for it.
We also provide school-based dental services through our Happy Smiles program. Children receive free screenings, fluoride treatments, and sealant services when needed.
Make an appointment
All dental appointments are scheduled through one convenient phone number, 541-512-3900. Schedulers are available Mondays - Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
To meet the needs of our community fees are based on a sliding scale. Payment is required on the day of service. Depending on eligibility, payment plans may be arranged for emergencies. Please fill out our income information form (PDF) to be considered for eligibility.
Why is dental health so important?
Tooth decay and gum disease are preventable conditions that can cause many health issues if left untreated. Prolonged oral infections can cause pain and difficulty eating, low self-esteem, and even speech and learning problems. They can also stress your immune system and lower your resistance to other infections.
In adults, tooth loss has been linked to dementia and poor pregnancy outcomes; tooth decay may also increase the risk of heart disease, and diabetes and gum disease together can greatly complicate blood sugar control.
Tooth diseaseis now the leading chronic infectious disease of children, surpassing asthma. More than 40 million children in the U.S., or 84 percent, have had dental disease by the time they are 17 years old. This health issue has reached epidemic proportions among lower-income children. According to Oregon Department of Human Services oral needs assessment, more than 55 percent of Oregon children ages 6-8 have dental disease. Access to routine dental care is one of the primary factors contributing to poor oral health in children.La Clinica is dedicated to providing low-cost dental services and offers the only low-cost program in our region open to all in need.
Early Childhood Cavities Prevention – information from the state Department of Human Services.