5085 Bullion St.
PO Box 5
Ph: (209) 966-3689
Mon - Fri, 8am - 5pm (except holidays)
WHAT IS IT?
This is a Mariposa County Dental Health Program for an Mariposa County child under 6 years old. It is funded by FIRST 5 and implemented by the Mariposa County Health Department.
Mariposa County residents who are under 6 years old.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE MARIPOSA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM?
They are to educate parents on the importance of dental health, so their children can reach their optimum health, prevent tooth decay, prevent gum disease, and assist with dental treatment if needed.
WHERE DO I GO FOR THIS DENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM?
A Dental Hygienist will visit you!
WHAT WILL THE DENTAL HYGIENIST DO?
The Hygienist will demonstrate proper dental hygiene, provide educational materials, provide a toothbrush, floss, dental timer, toothbrush, and calendar. Schedule a dental exam with a
local dentist. There is no cost to you for this exam.
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, and screen if and when the child cooperates.
For urgent dental care if needed: If neither insurance nor family finances permit, the dentist will
bill the Health Department.
WHEN SHOULD YOUR CHILD SEE THE DENTIST?
AGE 0-1 YEAR
As soon as their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday, whichever comes first.
Germs causing cavities can be present even before the first tooth comes in. Germs are passed from mothers/caregivers to babies through sharing, kissing, etc. At the initial visit, ask about the use of the bottle and the sippy cup; brushing, flossing, fluoride and xylitol use and their
benefits; and proper diet low In sugar.
AGE 2+ YEARS
A child should see a dentist every six to twelve months, or as recommended by your child ’s dentist.