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Dental health services for children


COVID-19  Oral Health Information

As we enter the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic some dental offices have opened for regular care. Check with your dental office for availability.  Public Health Dental Programs are open for regular care and your questions.

What can you do to protect against dental problems during this time? 

Children are even more at risk for tooth decay because their baby teeth are little and decay more quickly and access to dental care is restricted due to COVID-19.  For more information, visit

How can you prevent dental problems? Keep healthy eating and oral care routines!

Once the COVID-19 pandemic is under control we want your next dental check up to give you good news!

Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease and can be linked to serious health problems. It is important everyone practice good oral health from birth onwards.

Tooth decay can be prevented with daily mouth care, use of fluoride, good nutrition and regular dental visits. The first dental visit should occur 6 months after a child’s first tooth comes in.

We provide oral health promotion and disease prevention including:

  • Risk assessment for tooth decay

  • Dental screening

  • Counselling to prevent tooth decay 

  • Fluoride treatment

  • Referrals

Contact your local public health dental program (see below) for more information about dental services offered.

School dental health programs

Kindergarten dental screening occurs regularly as per the Ministry of Health. For more information check out the Vancouver school health manual and North Shore school health manual

Who’s eligible for dental health services?

Caregivers and children 0-5 years living in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. Contact your local public health dental program to learn more about services available for other age groups. 

Is there a cost?

There are no costs for preventive dental services at most locations. There may be some costs at the Vancouver Public Health Dental Program depending on eligibility. 

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