Oral Health Program

Tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic health problem among children in California. The Center for Disease Control reports that more than 40% of children have decay before entering kindergarten. Due to these alarming statistics, First 5 Placer and the California Department of Public Health is funding the efforts of Placer County's Public Health Division to address this largely preventable health issue. The Placer County Oral Health Program focuses on promoting preventive dental care knowledge and access to early preventive dental services with the aim of boosting the number of Placer County's residents who remain cavity-free.

Oral Health and School Readiness

In 2018, over 440,000 of California K-12 students missed school due to dental problems. Therefore, the Placer County Oral Health Program is encouraging parents and caregivers to send their children back to school with healthy smiles by finding a dental home and scheduling a dental check-up before the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

Establishing good dental health habits at a young age, including regular dental visits, can help a child’s school attendance, performance, and a lifetime of strong, healthy smiles. Help promote and utilize resources from Smile, California on oral health and school readiness via the following links:

  1. Medi-Cal & Dental Coverage
  2. Oral Health Alliance
  3. Kindergarten Oral Health Assessment
  4. Tobacco Use
  5. Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
  6. Community Water Fluoridation

Medi-Cal & Dental Coverage 


As a Medi-Cal member, your benefits and your child's benefits include dental coverage. Visit the Medi-Cal Dental Program or Smile, California to learn more about your coverage. For more information on how to obtain Medi-Cal that includes dental coverage, click hereVersion OptionsOral Health ProgramHeadline.

You can also find additional information regarding local dental providers and coverage via the following links:

Program Videos

To learn more about the Placer County Oral Health Program’s efforts within the community, check out the videos below!

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