Are eyeglasses covered by Medicaid?
Yes, children’s glasses are fully covered by Medicaid. We carry over 350 Medicaid-approved frames, so you can get your child the perfect pair of glasses for little or no cost to you.
What if my child loses or breaks his glasses?
We can usually repair or replace broken frames within five days, but it is always good to have a backup pair available if something should occur to your child’s primary pair of glasses. Medicaid covers the full cost of replacement glasses for children, so there is always a way to get another pair of frames.
If my child passed a vision screening at school does she still need an eye exam?
Yes, she still needs a comprehensive eye exam from an optometrist with the training and equipment to detect the full range of potential childhood vision issues. Vision screenings at school typically only test for nearsightedness and are not capable of identifying more serious eye conditions. One in four children may have a vision issue that could impair development and success at school. All children should undergo eye exams every one to two years started from the time they reach six months.
What dental care is covered by Medicaid?
Medicaid generally covers all needed preventive and operative dental care for children from six months to 20 years of age.
This includes twice annual dental cleanings, exams and x-rays plus fluoride treatments and sealants, fillings, crowns, spacers and other treatment that may be required to maintain or restore dental health.
What does fluoride do for my child’s teeth? What is the best way to get the right levels?
Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens the enamel covering your teeth. Enamel is the white part of your teeth and the strongest material in the human body. Each day, the enamel goes through a process of demineralization, as acid-creating bacteria eat away at the surface of the teeth and fluoride helps rebuild the tooth’s protective mineral layer.
Tap water and toothpaste may serve as sources of fluoride for children to facilitate remineralization. In addition, we recommend fluoride treatments to help strengthen the enamel of both primary and permanent teeth. Our dentists will evaluate your child and may recommend fluoride varnish during a hygiene visit to coat your child’s teeth with a dose of concentrated fluoride. The purpose of this fluoride application is to help protect and re-mineralize areas of a tooth that may be at risk of developing decay.
What is a dental sealant and who should get it?
A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to teeth with ridges and grooves, typically the molar teeth. Bacteria and bits of food can collect in the pits and cracks—or fissures—in the teeth. These are areas where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. A sealant helps protect the chewing surfaces of adult molars against decay.
Sealants are recommended for children with high risk of decay as soon as adult molars come in, or “erupt.” Sealants are typically placed on the six-year and twelve-year molars. Dental sealants can partially wear off or come away over time, so it is important to keep up with regular dental visits so that the dentist can monitor wear and reapply as necessary.
Sealants are recommended by dentists because they are extremely effective. In fact, the CDC recently found that sealants prevent 80 percent of cavities in molars. Many cavities occur in molars, so protecting those teeth is critical.
Why should I fill cavities on baby teeth?
There are two reasons why restoring cavities on baby teeth is important.
- Untreated decay in a single tooth can harbor bacteria which can affect nearby teeth and, if left untreated, may affect the permanent tooth developing beneath the baby tooth. This can lead to pain, infection, tooth loss and gum disease and other serious health conditions.
- In addition, baby teeth fulfill very important growth functions for kids. They help children develop proper chewing habits, speech and, most importantly, they hold the space for developing adult teeth. If kids lose baby teeth prematurely due to cavities, this may impact the ability of the adult teeth to come in (“erupt”) and create future complications with tooth alignment and function – potentially requiring orthodontic care to correct.
Adventure Dental and Vision is 100 percent focused on delivering quality care to children in underserved communities. With offices nationwide, Adventure Dental and Vision has been helping children ages six months through 20 years gain access to the care they need since 2006. Their kid-friendly offices and caring staff take the fear out of dental visits, making it fun, easy and affordable for children to thrive. Learn more at mydentalvisioncare.com.
Dr. Megha “Meg” Sherchan, DDS, Dentist
Dr. Meg delivers comprehensive dental care for children age 6 months to 20 years in her role as associate dentist. Dr. Meg cares for Adventure Dental and Vision patients and provides education for patients and parents on oral health and preventive dental care.
Dr. Rhonda Hutton, OD, Optometrist
Dr. Rhonda, a native Kansan, has been practicing optometry for 20 years. She has extensive experience helping kids with vision-related reading and learning disorders and is a strong proponent of early detection of children’s vision issues.
Adventure Dental and Vision
400 SW 29th Street, Topeka, KS