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Dental care relief for county residents

Going to the dentist is something very few people look forward to. Whether we like it or not, for many of us it is not an option because the costs are too high for a simple cleaning, and the costs become exorbitant for needed procedures and care.

Fortunately there is a program that can help with the high costs of dental care; the Dental Network Card Program. The Onondaga County Legislature is proud to include this program as part of the network of programs available to all uninsured or under-insured Onondaga County residents. County residents simply purchase a card and receive reduced rates on dental services at participating dental offices. A cardholder can expect to pay rates that are over 30 percent less than the average for dental exams, cleanings, fillings, crowns, root canals, and other dental services. Many individuals avoid going to the dentist because they do not have insurance or the means to pay for the services. A trip to the dentist can be just as important as a trip to the doctor. Oral ailments can indicate other serious health problems and good oral hygiene is important to your overall well being.

The Dental Network Card Program is not insurance, it is a low cost discount card that provides access to the DenteMax network of dentists. Over 100,000 dentists participate in the DenteMax network nation-wide. Locally, over 60 dentists in the greater North Syracuse area participate in the DenteMax network. The cost of the card is only $36.50 per year for an individual or $52.00 per year for a family.

For more information on the participating dentist and the rates for services, visit heginc.com/dentemax-NYSAC.html.

Casey Jordan represents the 14th district which includes the village of North Syracuse and the eastern portion of Clay. Casey welcomes constituent feedback and can be contacted at 474-2644.

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