Everything to Know About the Healthy Kids Dental Program

June 10, 2021

Michigan’s Healthy Kids Dental (HKD) program, from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), is dental coverage for your children at no cost to you. Available to children under the age of 21 who have Medicaid, HKD gives your kids exceptional dental care throughout childhood and into early adulthood with no copays or deductibles.

When you have HKD coverage and visit a dentist who accepts it, which MCDC does, your children are on track for strong oral health into adulthood.

Healthy Kids Dental Offers Coverage Through Age 21

Yes, good dental health is about clean, strong teeth, but the effects of quality oral health have been shown to go well beyond that. Preventative care, such as regular cleanings and exams, goes a long way toward keeping your overall dental costs down, saving you money in the long run. Additionally, children with healthy mouths and teeth have better school attendance per the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.

When your children are eligible for HKD, they can get all the benefits of good oral health without any out-of-pocket costs at MCDC.

Full Scope of Dental Services

Simply put: HKD covers all standard dental care. From preventive appointments including cleaning, X-rays, and oral exams to fillings, crowns, and other dental procedures, HKD has you covered. Here’s a list of services we provide:

Other services may be covered as well if approved. Ask your dentist if all services are covered or if you need special services due to a health condition.

What Dentists at MCDC Are Saying

Here at MCDC, we know little mouths need extra special care. That’s why we have dentists who enjoy working with kids throughout our practices. Meet two of them.

Dr. Hannah Rutten, Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Rutten joined the MCDC team in March 2021. She is a native of Minnesota. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and completed her dental degree at the University of Minnesota Dental School. When it comes to caring for kids’ teeth, Dr. Rutten says, “I always want to encourage independence in our little ones, but we know that kids may not have the hand skills to brush their teeth thoroughly. I always recommend a parent or guardian help brush their kids’ teeth until they are 6 or 7 years old.”

Dr. Rutten brings unique skills with specialty training focused on young patients with complex treatment needs, as well as adolescents with special health care needs at the following MCDC locations:

Dr. Ammar Houssein

Dr. Houssein has been serving our littlest patients since joining My Community Dental Centers in 2009. After completing his undergraduate education at the Medical College of Ohio, Dr. Houssein went on to New York University – College of Dentistry for his dental degree. He wants parents to know that, “Childhood tooth decay is more common than asthma or childhood obesity. While that seems overwhelming, the good news is, it’s preventable. Brushing two times a day for two minutes a day and flossing at least once a day can help prevent cavities.”

While Dr. Houssein does not specialize in pediatric dentistry, he enjoys serving young patients at the Sidney, MI MCDC location.

Eight out of 10 dentists accept Healthy Kids Dental, and MCDC is part of the eight. If you have HKD, it’s as easy as letting us know and we’ll take care of the rest. Find the MCDC location nearest you.