Staying on top of your child’s health can be tough. You want what’s best for your kids, but keeping a regular schedule for dental, eye, and other health care can be expensive. Luckily, the Lentz Public Health Department offers a range of preventive and treatment services for families in the Metro Nashville Area. Here’s a sampling of amenities residents can take advantage of at little to no cost:
Free or Low-Cost Dental Services
The Lentz Dental Clinic provides free comprehensive oral health services to anyone who participates in TennCare. For those who don’t qualify for our states’ Medicaid services, sliding-scale treatment options are available. You should bring proof of Davidson County residence, income, and household size to your first visit.
Preventive dental services for children are essential to stop cavities from forming and to preserve enamel – the hard outer layer of our teeth that protects our teeth from damage. The county dental clinic provides sealant, screening, cleaning, and treatment services for children through age 21. For adults, limited emergent care is available. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (615) 340-5601or visit the website.
Children’s Special Services
Children’s Special Services, or CSS, is designed to help parents with children with disabilities and other special needs. Coordinated through the Tenn. Department of Health, CSS offers case management resources that connect parents to free and low-cost services in their area, including speech, occupational, and physical therapy services. CSS can also provide financial assistance and evaluations for those who qualify. Financial eligibility guidelines do apply; you must be within 200% of the federal poverty level for your family size. Check your eligibility here.
Reproductive Resources for Teens
Talking to your teen about his or her sexual health can be a daunting prospect for any parent. Although it may be uncomfortable, talking to your kids about sex is essential. In our state, 31% of girls become pregnant before age 20. Teenage pregnancy is associated with a host of negative outcomes for both mom and baby. Teen moms are more likely to experience complications in pregnancy, including preeclampsia and ectopic pregnancy. Babies born to teen mothers are more likely to suffer from low birth weight, fetal alcohol syndrome, spina bfida, and other birth defects. The Lentz County Health Department’s Adolescent Healthy Futures program provides resources to parents to talk about sex.
The county’s CHOICES programs also offers diagnostic services for teens aged 13-20 at clinics located throughout the county. For more information, call (615) 340-8599.