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dental care

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), research shows that 90% of end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients present with some form of oral symptoms, such as dry mouth, inability to chew, pain, and bleeding gums. Many of these oral symptoms are preventable with routine dental check-ups and proper oral care.

Dental health is especially important for kidney patients who are seeking transplantation. A routine dental exam is required to be placed on the waitlist. Patients with serious dental problems or who have dental infections may experience delays or barriers with transplantation.1

Please see below for links to local and national level resources for low-income and/or non-insured dialysis patients who need dental care:

Network-Specific/Local Resources


Maryland Dental Resources


  • Richmond Smiles: (804) 381-2624
  • VCU School of Dentistry: (804) 828-5285
  • Free Clinic of the Twin Counties (Galax): (276) 236-0421
  • Appalachian Highlands Community Dental Center: (276) 525-4487
  • VA Medicaid: (855) 242-8282 (As of July 1, 2021, VA Medicaid extended dental benefits for adults)
  • VA Healthcare Foundation  (Search for dentists based on your area that accept non-insured and/or low-income patients)

Virginia Dental Resources

Washington, DC

Washington, DC Dental Resources

West Virginia

West Virginia Dental Resources

National Resources


1. Dental Care for Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease and Undergoing Hemodialysis; November 2018. Source: