Can my child receive dental care at Sarrell Dental?

We provide dental services for children ages 1-20 who are eligible for Medicaid.  Children should have their first dental cleaning scheduled at age 1.  Everyone should have their teeth cleaned twice a year- once every 6 months.

Photo of one of many children who receive dental care at Sarrell Where does Sarrell Dental perform dental screenings and dental education lessons, and how can these be scheduled?

Sarrell Dental provides dental screenings and dental education lessons at various elementary schools, day cares, HeadStarts, and churches in the surrounding areas of our dental center locations.  For those interested in scheduling a dental screening or dental education lesson at their school, daycare, HeadStart, or church, you can contact the Sarrell Dental Center nearest you for more details.

What is the purpose behind Sarrell Dental’s screenings and dental education lessons?

At Sarrell, we understand the risk for myriad health and social problems associated with poor dental hygiene such as missed school days and low self-esteem, thus we are dedicated to spreading knowledge on the importance of oral hygiene.

With nearly 6 out of 10 Alabama children eligible for Medicaid dental benefits who are not using these resources, we at Sarrell realize the importance of providing these services to inform parents of their children’s dental needs.

Where are the Sarrell Dental centers located?

Sarrell Dental has centers in Anniston, Athens, Attalla, Bessemer, Boaz, Clanton, Dothan, Enterprise, Foley, Leesburg, Montgomery, Pinson, Selma, Talladega, Toney and Tuscaloosa.  We also have a Mobile Dental Bus that travels to elementary schools throughout the state.  Please visit the Locations page for the exact address and contact information for each office.

What has caused Sarrell Dental to grow to include seventeen locations throughout the state?

Sarrell Dental was founded in Anniston to treat the needs of underserved children in the area.  Since then, we have opened dental centers only in areas which have contacted us for help in addressing their local children’s dental needs.  Our current dental center locations have all been in response to a need for services in areas in which there are few or no dental providers serving the needs of children eligible for Medicaid.

Dental Patient PhotoHow can I get information on signing my child up for Medicaid?

In order to qualify for Medicaid, you must meet all income, age, or other requirements, provide proof of your income and other information, and fill out all forms correctly and turn your application in to the correct office or worker.  For more information, you can call Medicaid toll free at 1-800-362-1504, or visit their website at www.medicaid.alabama.gov .

Who makes up the Sarrell Dental staff?

Sarrell Dental only hires fully-trained dentists, hygienists, and optometrists qualified by the state of Alabama to perform services for our patients.  Our staff is also made up of business managers to ensure our offices run efficiently and effectively.  Of our 220 team members, about 65% have earned a 4 year degree and 30% hold advanced degrees.  We also have one Spanish speaker at each location to further meet patient needs.

Does Sarrell Dental provide optical services also?

Sarrell Dental provides optical services at four of our locations: Anniston, Bessemer, Boaz, and Clanton.  Your child should have their eyes checked once a year.

What can I do to help my child have healthy teeth?

It is important to make sure your child brushes their teeth twice a day for 2 to 3 minutes with a pea size amount of toothpaste.  The toothpaste your child uses should contain fluoride, which helps strengthen teeth.  When purchasing toothpaste, look for the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval, signifying that particular toothpaste has met the standards of approval from the ADA.  Your child should also floss their teeth once a day.  Nutritious snacks such as fruits are also a good addition to attaining good oral health. You should supervise your child’s brushing until they are 8 years old to make sure they are getting all surfaces of each tooth.

What are Sarrell Dental’s office hours?

Office hours are different for each of our locations.  Please visit the Locations page, and choose the office nearest you to view their office hours.

If my child has a dental emergency, what should I do?

If your child has a dental emergency, contact your child’s regular dentist immediately.  If your child’s regular dentist cannot be reached, go to your nearest emergency room.

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