My 7 year old dd needs two fillings and is scheduled for this in January. We have Medicaid for our girls, and literally do not have the money to pay privately for dental care. We have been very happy with the dental clinic at our local children's hospital (Children's Mercy), which is connected with the UMKC Dental College. Even though our girls haven't always gotten the same dentist every time, we have been very happy with all of the dentists and all of the staff. When looking for a Medicaid dentist some years back, I checked around to find one that allowed parents to be in the room with their children, and they are very supportive of this so that's why I initially chose them.
A few years back, dd had to have fillings in her baby teeth, and when I checked at that time, they did use BPA-free composite feelings. The other day, it occcurred to me to check to make sure that this was still the case, and I was surprised to learn that the fillings are no longer BPA-free.
Since we've been so happy with them, I want to call on Monday to find out if it would be possible for us to pay the extra cost for BPA-free fillings, and if it is possible for them to get them.
If it's not possible, I plan to start looking for a Medicaid dentist who does BPA-free fillings. But I'm concerned since our current clinic was using BPA-free and stopped...it makes me wonder if the crisis has resulted in Medicaid not covering the safer kind of BPA fillings.
At any rate, I've just read an article that has me wondering if amalgam fillings are safer than composite fillings containing BPA.
I really welcome any input that anyone here has about this. I'd especially love to hear from other moms who have Medicaid for their children and live in the Kansas City area. I do also need to find a new dentist for my 12 year old, because I've just learned that our current clinic only treats children up to age 12.