Regular preventive dental care is essential for good oral health so one can find problems earlier when they are easier to treat, but many don’t get the care they need. More people are unable to afford dental care than other types of health care.
Residents of Bureau, Putnam and LaSalle counties can take advantage of the dental clinic, located within the Bureau & Putnam County Health Department.
The dental clinic provides a variety of dental services to individuals age 4 and older with a current Illinois Public Aid Card, and at or below 185 percent poverty level. Dental services are offered at a reduced free, and priority is given to children of all counties. Service to adults is limited.
Services include preventative care such as checkups, cleanings and sealants as well as restorative treatments like fillings, partials, smile enhancement and consultations.
The three oral conditions that most affect overall health and quality of life are cavities, severe gum disease, and severe tooth loss. By age 8, over half of children (52%) have had a cavity in their primary (baby) teeth.
Contact the Bureau County Dental Clinic at 815-872-1927 for an appointment or visit the office located in Princeton. Office hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Please bring your current Public aid card or income verification forms with you to your appointment. Current monthly public aid cards must be brought to every visit. All patients younger than 18 years old, must be accompanied by an adult parent, legal guardian or designee at all times.
Patients that are not their own legal guardian, must have a legal guardian present at all times. Written parental consent is required for all children (under 18 years of age) receiving treatment.
Bureau County Health Department: 526 Bureau Valley Pkwy., Princeton, IL, 61356 815-872-5091, www.bchealthdepartment.org.