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Services: Dental Care for Kids


Children’s Dental Program

The Children’s Dental Health Program helps low-income families find dental care, and educates parents and caregivers on how to keep their children’s teeth healthy and free of dental cavities or dental injuries (such as broken teeth or jaw, cut lip, tongue).

Are you looking for a dentist for your child?

Are you wondering when you should start bringing your child to a dentist or how often your child should see a dentist?

Would you like to learn what kinds of things you can do to help keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong?


  • Dental education is provided to parents and caregivers at schools, community organizations and medical offices/clinics.
  • Referral to a dentist is given to families who are searching for a dentist to provide care for their children.
  • Advocates for children’s dental health by offering free, limited, dental care on Give Kids A Smile Day (held one day in February)

Who is Eligible

Parents and caregivers with a child 0-21 years of age.

How to Apply

No application necessary. Call the Dental Program for further details at (650) 573-2877.

Area Served

San Mateo County

Fees Charged



Q: How early should my child start seeing a dentist?
A: The American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children start seeing a dentist by age 1, and should continue for a regular dental check-up every six months thereafter.

Q: When should my child see a dentist? How often should my child see a dentist?
A: Children should start seeing a dentist by their first birthday, and should continue for a regular dental check-up every six months thereafter.

Q: What are dental sealants? Should my child get dental sealants? When should my child get the dental sealants?
A: Dental sealants are a thin, plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant fills the “cracks” of the teeth, making it smooth, thereby preventing food from getting trapped and causing cavities.

Q: Where can I find a list of dentists in my area who accept Healthy Families, Healthy Kids, Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal?
Department of Health Care Services