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Dental Health in Vancouver Schools

The Vancouver Public Health Dental Program operates a dental clinic year round that provides targeted prevention and early intervention of early childhood dental disease.  Services include checkups, x-rays, oral hygiene instruction, cleaning, fluoride, dental sealants, fillings, extraction, root canals on baby teeth and limited sedation.  

Vancouver school health manual - Section 7: Dental

Eligible children include:  

  • All children under 36 months

  • Eligible children grade 7 and under

  • Students up to grade 12 with a dental emergency 

For information about the application process for the clinic see the VCH Dental Health webpage.  

Dental Program & Clinic location  

Robert and Lily Lee Family Community Health Centre
#201 1669 East Broadway     
Phone: (604) 675-3981

A provincial kindergarten dental survey takes place every three years for surveillance and evaluation.*

Dental emergencies

Occasionally a student may experience a dental emergency such as severe tooth pain/swelling or a dental accident while at school.  If a student does not have a dentist and requires immediate intervention contact the public health dental clinic to arrange an appointment.  Students attending school in Vancouver are eligible for emergency service regardless of their age.  For more information see the VCH Dental Health webpage.  

BC Healthy Kids program

Families receiving Medical Services Plan (MSP) premium/temporary assistance qualify for The BC Healthy Kids program.  This program helps low income families with the cost of basic dental care for dependent children under 19.   

Other Dental Services 

To reduce the rate of tooth decay in young children the dental program provides community outreach to help identify children at risk for tooth decay before it starts.  The Smile to Smile-Knee to Knee outreach program provides ‘First Dental Visit’ exams for children less than 36 months old.  Dental staff also attend Strong Start Programs and many parent and young child programs to provide information on how to prevent tooth decay.    

More information & dental health resources:

Kindergarten dental screening

The next school screening will happen during the 2018-19 school year.  The school dental screening is a visual inspection that identifies only obvious problems that can interfere with health and learning.  The dental screening is a quick check and is not the same as an examination by a dentist.  

SOURCE: Dental Health in Vancouver Schools ( )
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