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.
The program intends to educate parents on the importance of dental health, so their children can:
Assist with dental treatment, if needed
Prevent gum disease
Prevent tooth decay
Reach their optimum health
A dental hygienist will visit you!
Program Procedures & Costs
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.
At no cost, the dentist will orient children and families to the office, educate as appropriate, and screen if and when the child cooperates.
Urgent Dental Care
For urgent dental care if needed: If neither insurance nor family finances permit, the dentist will bill the Health Department.
Taking Your Child to the Dentist
Your child should see a dentist as soon as their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday, whichever comes first.
After age 2 and beyond, your child should see a dentist every six to twelve months, or as recommended by your child 's dentist.
Purpose of Seeing a Dentist
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.
Call the Mariposa County Health Department at 209-966-3689 or 800-459-4466, or visit our office. Download our 2015 Dental Brochure (PDF).