Public Health Dental Clinics in Delaware permanently closing

DOVER, Del. – The Delaware Division of Public Health has announced that the Bureau of Oral Health and Dental Services will not reopen its Public Dental Clinics for direct patient care.

The clinics, which previously operated within the Delaware State Service Centers, have been temporarily closed since the beginning of the pandemic. We’re told the decision to permanently close the clinics was under consideration before the pandemic began, due to steady declines in the number of patients served through the clinics over the last few years as well as an increasing shift in programming focused on school and community outreach.

The DPH Oral Health Program will continue supporting access to quality oral health services through the Delaware Smile Check Program, which is a portable dental program delivered on-site on schools.

Previous clients of the DPH dental clinics who have not yet found a new dental care home are encouraged to contact the Bureau of Oral Health and Dental Services at 302-622-4540. Additional information can be found online.

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