Oral Health Program
Tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic health problem among children in California. The CDC reports that more than forty percent of children have decay before entering kindergarten. Due to these alarming statistics, First 5 Placer is funding the efforts of Placer County’s Public Health division to address this largely preventable health issue. The Placer County Children’s Oral Health Program focuses on promoting preventive dental care knowledge and access to early preventive dental services with the aim of boosting the number of Placer County’s youngest residents who remain cavity-free throughout childhood.
Through a partnership with Placer County WIC and the use of its sites, preventive dental health information and services are made more accessible to children from families with limited resources. Each month on certain days designated as “Dental Days," WIC participants receive education about effective oral hygiene behaviors, dental insurance coverage and dental providers. In addition, a dental professional provides children with oral health screenings, fluoride varnish applications, dental supplies, and referrals to a dental home for follow-up care. Prenatal WIC participants receive oral health education, dental insurance and resource information, and free dental supplies during a regular WIC appointment.
Click here for upcoming Dental Days (Spanish).
Click here for a summary of dental coverage and local providers (Spanish).
The Oral Health Alliance is a county-wide collaborative created by the Children’s Oral Health Program which concentrates a community focus on children’s oral health problems and works to ensure that all Placer County children have access to and utilize appropriate dental prevention services. By bringing together healthcare providers, community-based organizations, community members and public health agencies, it serves to eliminate any unnecessary duplication of effort and therefore bring about more effective and efficient delivery of oral health services to children in Placer County.
For more information, contact the program coordinator at (530)886-3618 or via email.