According to the Surgeon General of the United States, overall health cannot be achieved without good oral health. Good oral health is especially important for people living with HIV/AIDS. Soreness, pain, and missing teeth can keep us from eating the foods that keep us healthy, and if an infection in the mouth goes untreated, it can cause problems in other parts of the body. Additionally, missing teeth can cause unnecessary embarrassment and stigmatization.
The Lifelong Dental Program (LDP) is a newly established, comprehensive oral health access program for low income individuals living with HIV/AIDS who reside in King, Island, and Snohomish Counties. Services are offered at select, contracted providers in each county. Funding for this program has been made available as a result of grant awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, and Public Health – Seattle King County.
To be eligible for the program, clients must:
Individuals whose income is less than 400% of the Federal Poverty Level may still qualify for the Early Intervention Program (EIP) Dental Program. Please check with the Washington State Department of Health EIP for more information. Learn more about EIP.
Documentation Necessary for Establishing Eligibility
Please work with your case manager to complete an application.If you do not have a case manager, you should download your application from this website and contact the LDP coordinator for assistance. The application form must be fully completed for enrollment (please fill in all the boxes), attach the documentation required for eligibility (proof of income, proof of residency, and HIV status verification), and send the information to the attention of:
Lifelong Dental Program
PO Box 80547
Seattle, WA 98108
Or, you may choose to fax the materials to (206) 323-0158.
Enrollment confirmation letters will be mailed to clients, and copies of enrollment letters will be sent to case managers (if you have an active case manager). Once eligibility is determined, the LDP Coordinator will help clients set their first dental appointment.
Setting up your Dental Appointment
Eligible clients should contact their case manager for assistance applying to the LDP. Those who are not currently working with a case manager should contact the LDP Coordinator at (206) 957-1719 to apply. The LDP Coordinator will work with enrolled clients to set an appointment with a participating dental clinic.
Questions regarding the Lifelong Dental Program? Please call the LDP Manager at (206) 957-1715 or send us a message. We are receiving dozens of calls a day and may not be able to call you back right away, but we will return your call within 48 hours.