Public Health Dental Services - Infants, Toddlers and Children

We work with families to prevent tooth decay in children

Public Health Dental Services - Infants, Toddlers and 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.

We provide oral health promotion and disease prevention including:

  • Risk assessment for tooth decay
  • Dental screening
  • Fluoride treatment
  • Referrals
  • Some Vancouver Community health centres provide dental treatment

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 these 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. 
How do I access this service? Contact the service listed below nearest you.
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. 

Find services near you

Locations Served
Public Health Dental Services - Sunshine CoastSunshine Coast
Public Health Dental Services - North ShoreNorth & West Vancouver
Public Health Dental Services - Powell River-Powell River Community Health CentrePowell River
Public Health Dental Services - RichmondRichmond
Public Health Dental Services - Sea to SkySea to Sky
Public Health Dental Services - Vancouver CommunityVancouver