Community Dental Services facilitates comprehensive dental health care for access challenged patients. Participating residents will benefit from the convenience of dental and hygiene services that can be safely and comfortably delivered within their access challenged facility. Many preventive, basic and maintenance dental services can be performed on location for maximum convenience to the facility and resident. Complicated procedures may be referred off site. Community Dental Services will assist the resident through this process to assure compliance with their Dentist prescribed oral health plan.

Community Dental Services knows the value of working together as a team. The multidisciplinary team includes the patient, their family, facility care givers, administrators, social workers, physicians and specialists. Maximizing the benefits of this multidisciplinary approach CDS assures a complete oral health care plan to meet the resident’s specific needs.

Community Dental Services acknowledges a complete team is paramount for a successful program. Progress reports are generated for each resident and communicated with the team regularly. Twenty-four hour access available to all team members for urgent oral health needs. Community Dental Services actively participates in applicable patient care conferences and promotes their monthly educational programs for families and all care givers.

Homebound, Assisted and Independent Living Residents

Community Dental Services (CDS) offers dental and hygiene services to access challenged patients.
Access challenged patients may have limited mobility, are recovering from a serious illness or surgery, or are home bound due the natural maturing process of life.

CDS assists non-ambulatory residents to receive access to dental care. Our services help these patients to maintain their oral hygiene while allowing them to remain safely in the comfort of their own home.

We can schedule just one visit while patients are recuperating or arrange a long-term arrangement. Regardless of conditions, circumstances or age of the client, in most instances our dental care team will come to the patient.

The process can be initiated several ways:

  • Social Services
  • Home Healthcare Provider
  • Family Member
  • Access Challenged Patient
  • Physician
  • Dentist
  • Health Care Manager
  • Assisted Living Facility
  • Independent Living Facility
  • Retirement Community
  • Access Challenged Facility (Skilled Nursing Home)

A personalized and private dental care appointment can be scheduled and an individualized dental care plan will be developed to meet the patient’s specific and unique oral care needs.

Patients no longer need to worry about the challenges of coordinating transportation or missing hygiene appointments. Our team delivers quality care to patients in the convenience of their home. Contact us to discuss the particular needs of the access challenged patient.

We have a talented team of Dentists, Registered Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistants who specialize in the unique needs of the homebound patients. All of our team members are appropriately licensed, insured, background checked and have received special training to serve medically complex patients in a variety of settings. The CDS team is dedicated to providing comprehensive oral care with the highest standard of quality and commitment all patients deserve.

We offer many services at the location of the patient.

By the Dentist:

  • Comprehensive Dental Examination
  • Oral Cancer Screening
  • Intra-Oral X-Rays
  • Preventative Care Plans
  • Limited Restorative (fillings)
  • Prosthetic treatments (dentures, partials, adjustments  & repairs)
  • Implant Supported Prosthestics (Dentures supported by Dental Implants)
  • Limited Extractions

By the Hygienist as directed by our Dentists:

  • Routine prophylaxis (teeth cleaning) with Fluoride treatments
  • Periodontal Maintenance
  • Oral Hygiene Education
  • Irrigation (assistance with self-medication)
  • Denture Cleaning, Care Engraving & Maintenance
  • Dental Implant Care & Maintenance
  • Personalized Homecare Instruction & Training
  • Nutritional Counseling

Family and Care Givers:

Proper oral care training of those responsible for the care of access challenged patients is a very important service we provide. Dental education via in-service training for care-givers within the private residence, Assisted/Independent Living Facilities and Access Challenged Facilities can significantly improve patient health and quality of life.

Our lectures include the following topics:

  • Oral Hygiene 101 – proper use of toothbrushes, floss, hygiene products & prosthetic care
  • Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body – factors that affect the body systemically, effects of medications on oral health
  • Oral Health 101 – a general review of the importance of hygiene, oral diseases and systemic effects of oral health

Residential Dental Seminars:

We have created an informative series of oral health seminars which can be incorporated into the activities schedule of Assisted/Independent Living and Access Challenged Facilities. Our seminars educate the residents of issues and advancements in dentistry that can improve the health and life of  the homebound resident.

Seminars include discussions about the following topics:

  • Bleeding Gums
  • Diabetes & Oral Health
  • Cavities at MY AGE...WHY?
  • Loose and Sore Dentures
  • Dental Implants
  • Heart Disease & Gum Disease: How they are related?
  • Oral cancer...I never smoked!
  • Tension Headaches & Relaxation Techniques
  • Nutrition: More than just vitamins
  • Medications and their connection to “Dry Mouth”

Trusted Healthcare Partners - Your dental health matters!

Medicare does not cover dental treatment in Florida. House-calls and specific surgical dental procedures may sometimes be covered by private insurance and can be filed as a courtesy. CDS offers a variety of payment options and a financial counselor is available Monday - Friday 8:00-6:00.

Please Note: Dental services & hygiene procedures require a prescription from the Dentist.

Community Outreach

Community Dental Services- The ADA bases the Action for Dental Health prevention goals on the belief that simple, low-cost measures like sealing kids’ teeth, educating families about taking charge of their own oral health, and early screening, diagnosis and treatment will pay for themselves many times over, and will contribute to a healthier, more productive nation.

Dental disease, causing caries and tooth decay, is the most prevalent and preventable childhood disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This affects more than 25% of American children aged two to five, and half of those aged 12 to 15. Sadly, the problem does not end in adulthood. Twenty-eight percent of those 35 to 44 years of age have untreated tooth decay, and the rate is 18 percent in adults 65 and older. The occurrence of tooth decay is excessively high and disproportionately affects minorities and low-income populations.

Many factors contribute to an individual’s oral health status — education level, age, language barriers, cultural factors, oral health literacy, finances, ability to perform daily oral health care and access to caregivers all come into play, often in combination with one another.

The most cost-effective way to ensure optimal dental health in both children and adults is through prevention, education and behavioral modifications.

The ADA centers the Action for Dental Health prevention goals on the belief that simple, low-cost measures such as sealing applicable pediatric teeth, educating families about taking charge of their own oral health, and early screening, diagnosis and treatment will pay for themselves and will contribute to a healthier, more productive nation. Community Dental Services works with these at risk populations by facilitating preventative dental care.

Community Dental Services partners with Health Care Organizations in efforts to improve Oral Health for at risk populations:

  • Identifying populations vulnerable to oral disease are through data collection efforts
  • Promoting the importance of oral health and preventative care
  • Providing applicable access points which are identified and coordinated for preventative care and supportive measures
    • Community-based oral health prevention resources
    • Regional promotion programs
    • Mobile preventative dental services
    • Tele-Dentistry
  • Dental Visits, HEDIS® Measures, and promotion of preventative dental care utilization for Health Care Professionals and Organizations
  • Assisting with compliance with National Quality Measures
  • Data tracking and care gap analysis