GFHS’ core services include primary medical, behavioral health and dental care to children and adults at several practices across Catawba, Davidson, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties.
Dental services for adults and children are offered at 5 practices, and include exams, extractions, first time infant exams, fillings, fluoride varnish, primary crowns, routine cleaning and sealants.
GFHS is committed to providing care for the overall health needs of the whole patient, and promotes oral health for our pediatric population through the dental and medical services we provide . Our pediatric primary medical care providers will assess our pediatric patients’ risk for developing caries due to deficient fluoride in the water supply. Our providers will also apply fluoride varnish to the primary teeth of all infants and children at the age of primary tooth eruption. Ask your provider if these treatments are appropriate for your child.
Adult and pediatric medical services are often co-located with dental practices or are conveniently located nearby, and behavioral health services are offered at all medical locations. GFHS is a healthcare home of choice for its patients.
More detailed information about GFHS’ integrated services and programs such as behavioral health counseling, pharmacies, medication assistance programs, interpretation assistance, after-hours medical advice line, specialty referrals, clinics and education programs for diabetes, nutrition and vision care, to name a few, can be found under the SERVICES tab on this website.
For details about our locations, the services offered, and to find the practice that is right for you, click on the ‘Make an Appointment’ Icon on our Home page, or the LOCATIONS tab on this website.
Additional Dental Programs
ACCESS Dental Program
GFHS’ ACCESS dental program has partnered with Title 1 elementary schools and the Head Start program in Gaston County since 2000, providing dental care to school children otherwise unlikely to receive it. In Gaston County,children are bussed to clinics during school hours, where they receive oral health education, preventative care, examinations and treatment. All care is provided at no cost to the patient. Building on this success, the program expanded to Iredell County in 2009.
GFHS’ new Mobile Dental Unit (MDU) takes the Dental Access Program to a new level, bringing full-service dental care right to participating elementary schools, thus minimizing students’ time away from class. Named GFHSmiles, the three-chair unit is equipped with X-ray (including panagraph) capability and is fully staffed with a dentist and three dental assistants, expanding GFHS’ Dental Access Program to schools in Iredell and Catawba Counties. When not serving the schools, the MDU will operate serving as a static dental site at GFHS’ Helping Hands Health Center in Lincolnton starting in 2018.
Childhood Health Outreach Program (CHOP)
The CHOP program works to integrate medical and dental services for GFHS’ patients, and coordinates access to dental care for children served through the Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services’ WIC and Child Health clinics. Through educational literature, on-site advice and appointment services, patients are educated on dental services offered, and are assisted in obtaining care in a seamless, convenient manner.