Tooth decay is a highly preventable condition, yet it’s one of the most common childhood afflictions in America. One of the most important ways you can help your child avoid tooth decay and other oral health problems is by scheduling regular preventative dental check-ups. But, what if you don’t have health or dental insurance?
At Penn Dental Medicine, our top priority—second to providing high-quality dental services for patients of all ages—is making dental care accessible and affordable. If you don’t currently have health or dental insurance for your child, you may be interested in learning about Pennsylvania’s state- and federally-funded health insurance program—CHIP.
Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in collaboration with Keystone Health Plan East, Inc., determines your child’s eligibility for medical, dental, vision, hearing, and prescription drug coverage. If you’re currently researching dental clinics for your child, then consider Penn Dental Medicine in Philadelphia as an option. We accept all CHIP dental coverage!
How CHIP Works
CHIP provides either free, low-cost, or full-cost options (depending on eligibility results) for families living in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Typically, CHIP covers the following dental services for children:
Penn Dental Medicine offers high-quality dental services for children through our pediatric dentistry unit. In accordance with the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), we recommend scheduling your child’s first appointment when her or his first tooth comes in (which typically happens between six and twelve months of age.)
The sooner children start getting dental check-ups, the lower their risk for tooth decay throughout childhood. Early intervention and parental participation in your child’s oral hygiene are two of the most impactful ways to build healthy teeth.
Pediatric dental appointments are an important moment for parents and their child’s pediatric dentist to discuss strategies to prevent dental disease. Penn pediatric doctors are caring dental professionals who love children and want to ensure their experience is a pleasant one! Your child will receive individualized care and personalized attention during every appointment. Once the dentist examines your child’s teeth, gums, and jaw, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and receive recommendations on the best ways to promote good hygiene and dental health.
Each positive experience at our office will help establish a lifetime of healthy dental habits for your child!
To determine your family’s eligibility for Keystone HMO CHIP insurance, click here.