What is Aurora Smiles?
The Aurora Smiles team works collaboratively to improve access to oral health services in Aurora through dental screenings, outreach, and education. To celebrate National Children’s Oral Health Day in February 2017, Aurora Smiles convened organizations committed to providing oral health services to underserved and vulnerable kids. In collaboration with a variety of community partner hosts, we offered free dental screenings and fluoride varnish to over 100 kids in northwest Aurora, and provided their families with information about how to find an affordable dental care home in Aurora.
Currently, through a Delta Dental grant, Aurora Smiles is working on an outreach project encouraging Aurora dental providers to offer dental sealants for children.
Do you visit the same dentist for most or all of your dental needs? It’s important to find a dentist that you see on a regular basis. This is called a dental home. The dental home is the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient, including all kinds of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way. (Source: American Association of Pediatric Dentists / https://www.aapd.org/media/Policies_Guidelines/D_DentalHome.pdf )
Health First Colorado members may call DentaQuest at 1-855-225-1729. CHP+ members can call DentaQuest at 1-888-307-6561, or visit the DentaQuest Website
ConnectAurora is a non-profit organization offering free, in-person help with health insurance enrollment.
Tri-County Health Department provides dental treatment to low-income seniors who live in Arapahoe County.
Colorado Gerontological Society administers the Senior Low Income Dental Program providing limited financial assistance to Denver metro area seniors for basic dental care.
Sealant use in Aurora – Dr. James Grant of DentaQuest
“Chopper Topper” Mobile Dental Sealant Program through Kids In Need of Dentistry (KIND)
Smart Mouths Smart Kids (helpful information for starting a school-based sealant program)
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center dental sealant program curriculum
Association of State & Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) has additional resources and information
For Dental Providers
For CHP+ dental provider credentialing call DentaQuest at 1-800-233-1468 or visit their CHP+ Provider Portal
Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (HCPF) Why become a Health First (Medicaid) Provider?
Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (HCPF) Health First Colorado enrollment Portal
Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (HCPF) Health First Colorado Provider Enrollment Page