Children's Dental Health

children's dental healthTaking care of your child’s teeth is important to overall health. Beginning with the very first tooth, there are simple things you can do to keep your child’s teeth healthy.

Visiting the Dentist – When Should Your Child Start?

Experts recommend that a child should start having his/her teeth checked by a dentist or doctor by the first birthday. If your child is older, it’s time to start. 

Accessing Dental Care

Children who are enrolled in state-sponsored health insurance (Apple Health for Kids) have dental services covered through their health insurance by the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD) Program. There are other dental care options too. Learn more about accessing dental care.

Some community clinics provide children’s dental services even if you don’t have insurance; and some are sliding-fee based.

Use our Resource Finder to find health resources near you.

Taking Care of Your Child’s Teeth

Tooth decay and cavities are the most common chronic disease in young children. Did you know that tooth decay is preventable? It’s important to start early – take care of your child’s teeth every day for good dental health. Learn more about keeping teeth healthy, how to check your child’s teeth, healthy eating and why toothbrushing is important.