August 2, 2023
Dental visits help to maintain good oral health
MOBILE, Ala. — Going to the dentist is important for good oral health. Regular visits to the dentist, as well as proper care between visits, can help prevent tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease.
The better you care for your teeth now, the longer they will last into the future. Dental insurance helps a person budget for regular preventive dental care and dental emergencies.
“However, many do not have that option,” said Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County. “Family Health provides dental services to children and adults on a sliding fee scale.”
Your mouth can serve as a window to what is happening within your body. Visits to the dentist can reveal early symptoms of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, kidney diseases, and cardiovascular diseases.
Family Health, the primary care division of the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD), offers dental services in Downtown Mobile at the Keeler Memorial Building as well as the Citronelle, Eight Mile, and Semmes health centers. Its Mobile Medical Unit is outfitted with dental equipment to increase access to oral health services throughout Mobile County. To make a dental appointment, call 251-690-8889.
Need insurance? MCHD has Certified Application Counselors ready to help people find affordable health insurances through the Health Insurance Exchange. These counselors are located at all Family Health centers throughout Mobile County. To make an appointment, please call the Family Health center located closest to you. For a list of Family Health sites, you may visit https://mchd.org/family-health/#locations or call 251-690-8964.