Dental Health Program

Woman Brushing Baby's Teeth
First 5 Mariposa County

What is the Dental Health Program?

The Mariposa County Dental Health Program is for children under 6 years old. It is funded by FIRST 5 and implemented by Mariposa County Health Department.

Who Qualifies?

Mariposa children under the age of 6 years old whose family meets the income eligibility criteria. (Please call the Health Department to see if your child qualifies.)

What is the purpose of the Dental Health Program?

  • Educate parents on the importance of dental health, so their children can reach their optimum health
  • Prevent tooth decay
  • Prevent gum disease
  • To save baby teeth which hold space in the jaw for permanent teeth
  • To enable child's speech to develop properly

Where do I go for the Dental Health Program?

A Dental Hygienist from the Health Department will visit you or make arrangements to set up an initial meeting.

What will the Dental Hygienist do?

  • Demonstrate proper dental hygiene
  • Provide educational materials
  • Provide a toothbrush, floss, and dental timer
  • Schedule a dental exam with a local dentist

What will the Dentist do and who is responsible for payment?

At no cost the Dentist will:

  • Orient children and families to the office
  • Educate as appropriate
  • Screen if and when the child cooperates

What will the Dentist do and who is responsible for payment (continued).

For urgent dental care if needed:

  • If neither insurance nor family finances permit, the dentist will bill the Health Department.

Who do I call so my child (under 6 years old) can receive services?

Mariposa County Health Department at 209-966-3689 or 800-459-4466 or visit:
Mariposa County Health Department
5085 Bullion Street
Mariposa, CA 95338
8 a.m.-5 p.m. (except holidays) 

Dental Health Program Brochure (PDF)