At the Health Care Center for the Homeless, Inc. (HCCH), another focal point of our services is our oral health program. Good oral health is part of an individual’s overall well-being and contributes to self-esteem. Studies have shown that poor oral health may be related to cardiovascular disease and can impact nutritional health as well.
Oral health services are co-located with primary medical care within four of our five fixed sites including our Orange Blossom Pediatrics location. Oral health services are provided by a team of dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, and residents. Emergency dental care, oral screenings, cleanings, fillings, root canals, crowns, restoration work and referrals for surgery are some of the services provided.
Low cost full or partial dentures are also available to our patients, with multiple steps in the process performed by our staff. HCCH has an established pediatric dental program that benefits both children and their families by providing oral health education. Our two mobile dental units take oral health services out into the community with a focus on underserved youth in local schools.
Better dental care not only gives someone a better smile, but also helps to build an individual’s confidence. A nice smile can be essential in gaining employment in Central Florida’s service driven economy. For individuals experiencing homelessness who are established patients and have no other way of affording dentures, we have a denture sponsorship program funded by private donations.