Babies & Children - Vancouver Community Dental Health Program

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Dental Health Program

Babies & Children

Dental Check-ups

Dental Check-ups for Your Child
Every child needs to have a first dental check-up, beginning around their first birthday or six months after the first tooth comes in.

The check-up takes less than 30 minutes and does not cause any pain. During the check-up, dental staff will look at your child’s teeth and gums to see if there are any problems. Our dental staff will provide ways to access a child’s mouth for brushing and look for signs of decay. If the dental staff find problems during the check-up, special care will be recommended. During the check-up, your child might also be given a fluoride treatment to help make the teeth strong.

Please contact us to make an appointment.


Who we see at our clinic
If your child is grade seven aged or younger we offer dental checkups for children in Vancouver. There is no charge for prevention visits. For families with no dental coverage (private dental plans or the Healthy Kids government plan), there is a nominal fee for basic dental treatment. We provide:


Healthy Kids Program
We can check to see if your child qualifies for the BC Ministry of Health “Healthy Kids Program” dental coverage. Anyone receiving any level of MSP premium assistance may be eligible for dental coverage. If he or she qualifies, we can provide a referral to a private dentist for dental treatment.

For more information on the Healthy Kids Program call the toll free information line for parents: 1.800.748.1144 or view the brochure.

For more information on how to apply for premium assistance, contact:
MSP directly @ 604.296.4677 or toll free 1.888.788.4357.
See the MSP website for application forms.


Knee to Knee clinics
Children 3 years and under’ can get a free check-up by attending one of our Knee to Knee clinics offered at various community settings.

At this clinic, the parent sits knee-to-knee with the dentist, with his or her child lying on their lap. The dentist checks for signs of tooth decay. The child will also receive a simple fluoride treatment and we will show the parent how to care for the child’s teeth at home. Contact us for details on the next Knee to Knee clinic planned for your area.

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