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Dental health services for children


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. Learn how to brush your child's teeth

We provide oral health promotion and disease prevention including:

  • Risk assessment for tooth decay

  • Dental screening

  • Counselling to prevent tooth decay 

  • Fluoride treatment

  • Referrals

For children in school

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

VCH dental services

Eligibility: 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. 

Cost: There are no costs for preventive dental services at most locations, except for the Vancouver program depending on eligibility. 

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