Health Department

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our administration office at 10777 Main Street in Fairfax is open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Clinic services are not offered at this location.

703-246-2411
TTY 711

10777 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

Gloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D., M.P.H.,
Director of Health

Health Department Warns Against Unlicensed Dental Providers

Fairfax County health officials are warning residents about the serious health risks, including injury and infection, associated with dental procedures performed by unlicensed providers.

Recently the Health Department identified a person with a life-threatening blood-borne infection who received dental care by an unlicensed provider in the basement of a house in West Falls Church. Although the investigation is ongoing and it is not certain that the individual’s infection was the result of the unlicensed dental procedure, the Health Department would like to warn the public about the health risks associated with unlicensed dental procedures.

In an unsanitary basement with unsterile tools, even the best-trained dentist can cause more harm than good, says Dr. Benjamin Schwartz, Director of Epidemiology and Population Health. People who undergo these unlicensed procedures are risking their health and safety.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Health Department is recommending anyone who received dental care in this manner see a health care provider to be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, which are all spread through blood exposure.

These are serious infections that may not have outwards symptoms for many years so even those who feel well now should be tested as a precaution, Dr. Schwartz said.

The Health Department is working with law enforcement to investigate and stop the unlicensed dentist from practicing. At the same time, the department understands that many people do not have dental insurance and that affordable dental care is not readily available to everyone in the community. Therefore, some people may seek other avenues of care out of necessity.

For all persons in Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, it is important to be aware of the risks associated with unlicensed dental practices and how to recognize unsafe practices. These signs include:

  • If the dental provider operates out of their home instead of an office;
  • If the dental provider does not wash his/her hands before putting on gloves and touching your mouth;
  • If the dental provider uses a needle and syringe that was not taken from a new sealed, single use package;
  • If the dental provider uses damaged, dirty, or rusting equipment during your dental procedure; and
  • If the dental provider does not give you information on how to take care of your wound after the dental procedure, the signs and symptoms of an infection, and what to do if an infection occurs.

By law, all dentists must be licensed to practice in the state of Virginia. You can look up your dentist to make sure he or she has a current Virginia dental license at the Department of Health Professions website.

Fairfax County Health Department provides dental services to children whose families are income eligible and/or to whom treatment is not available in the private sector. A list of other clinics in northern Virginia that offer low-cost, preventative and emergency dental care can be found below.

The Health Department also provides a list of confidential HIV testing locations on its website.

Name Phone Number Address Routine Care Emergency Care Cost/Eligibility Spanish Language

HealthWorks

703-481-8160

1141 3rd floor, Elden St., Herndon, VA 20170

Yes

No

Sliding Scale fee - must enroll as a HealthWorks member

Yes

Medstar Washington Hospital Center

202-877-6737

110 Irving Street NW
Washington, D.C.

No

Yes

No sliding scale. DC Medicaid accepted. $125 for consultation & $100-$125 for extraction

Yes

Northern Virginia Community College

703-822-6655

6699 Springfield Dr., Springfield, VA 22150

Yes. 7-10 day wait list.

No. Only pain management care.

No insurance accepted. First visit $125. All cleanings after first visit $35. Sliding scale fee for all other procedures.

Yes

Northern Virginia Dental Clinic

703-820-7170

8221 Willow Oak Corporate Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031

Yes

No

Referrals through social services. No cost.

Yes

Neighborhood Health

703-535-5568

Four locations:

4480 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302

6677 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22306

7501 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003

2120 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204

Yes. Wait list varies, but usually within 2 weeks.

No. Provides referrals.

Accepts Medicaid and other insurance. Patients meet with staff prior to visit to determine.

Yes

Smiles for Children

888-912-3456

Service will link you to care with a provider in your area.

Service will link to care.

Service will link to care.

Medicaid for persons aged 20 years and younger or currently pregnant women with Medicaid. Some necessary oral surgeries for adults.

Yes

Smiles Change Lives

888-900-3554

Service will link you to care with a provider in your area.

Service will link to care.

Service will link to care.

 

Yes

Contact Name
John Silcox, Public Safety Information Officer
Contact Information

Fairfax County Health Department
John.Silcox@fairfaxcounty.gov
703-246-8635, TTY 711

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