A Reason to Smile

Going to the dentist can be a scary experience. Amanda, a former Talbert House resident, thought it was, too, until she went to McMicken Dental Center.

 Interior of McMicken Dental Center.

Interior of McMicken Dental Center.

The center offers cleanings, root canals, dentures, and education, and focuses on low-income patients with or without insurance. Fees are based on a sliding scale, and patients can receive 25-50% off, depending on their income.

“They made sure I felt comfortable,” Amanda said.

Amanda’s CHANGE Court counselor made her an appointment at the center, which is part of the CincySmiles Foundation. Amanda had a root canal in December.

“My tooth was broken, and the color was horrible,” Amanda said. “But now I can smile. You can’t tell that there was any damage done to it.”

She’s been in addiction recovery for about six months, and the dental work has helped with her self-esteem.


“When you’re taking care of yourself, you feel better,” Amanda said.

Rebecca Stratton, development manager at CincySmiles, says the effect of a new smile is huge.

“Our patients just look so joyful after they have their dentures. It leads them to have confidence in other areas of their life.”

Stratton says people can usually get scheduled for an appointment the same week that they call. There are also emergency hours every morning for patients with urgent needs.

CincySmiles serves needs beyond healthcare, too. Patients can fill out a case management form at the center to ask for help finding a job, transportation, housing, and more.

The foundation also runs a workforce development program that trains people to become dental assistants and earn a living wage. Anyone can ask for more information at the center.

McMicken Dental Center
40 E. McMicken Ave.
Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.