Oral Health Program

Tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic health problem among children in California. The Center for Disease Control reports that more than 40% of children have decay before entering kindergarten. Due to these alarming statistics, First 5 Placer and the California Department of Public Health is funding the efforts of Placer County's Public Health Division to address this largely preventable health issue. The Placer County 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 residents who remain cavity-free.

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During Halloween and other holidays, children are more likely to be exposed to candies and sweet treats that lead to tooth decay and other oral health consequences. Therefore, it’s important to eat sweets in moderation and to establish a plan. Below are a few tips and tricks to keep your teeth looking fang-tastic this holiday season:

  • Watch out for sticky treats. Sticky candy, such as tootsie rolls and gummy bears, are more likely to cling to your teeth, making it difficult to remove.
  • Drink plenty of water. Drinking water in-between eating sweets is one of the easiest ways to prevent tooth decay and to stay hydrated.
  • Brush and floss your fangs. Make sure to brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste - especially after eating Halloween candy. Remember to floss at least once a day to remove any leftover food particles and plaque below your gum line.

Don't forget that November 1st is National Brush Day! Encourage children to brush their fangs for two minutes, two times a day, and every day, to keep their teeth and smiles looking healthy and bright. Visit  Smile, California and MouthHealthy for additional dental health resources.

  1. Medi-Cal & Dental Coverage
  2. Oral Health Alliance
  3. Kindergarten Oral Health Assessment
  4. Tobacco Use
  5. Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
  6. Community Water Fluoridation

Medi-Cal & Dental Coverage 


As a Medi-Cal member, your benefits and your child's benefits include dental coverage. Visit the Medi-Cal Dental Program or Smile, California to learn more about your coverage. For more information on how to obtain Medi-Cal that includes dental coverage, click hereVersion OptionsOral Health ProgramHeadline.

You can also find additional information regarding local dental providers and coverage via the following links:

Program Videos

To learn more about the Placer County Oral Health Program’s efforts within the community, check out the videos below!

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