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
- Fluoride treatment
- Some Vancouver Community health centres provide dental treatment
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.
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.
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.