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Oral Health for Young Children

Did you know that cavities are caused by germs that are passed from adult to child? First teeth matter! CDHD’s First Teeth Matter Clinic can help reduce the chance of cavities in your child —from your child’s first tooth to age three. Dental caries (tooth decay) is the most chronic disease of childhood. Twenty-four percent of U.S. children between two and four years of age have experienced dental decay. The clinic's goal is to prevent cavities in children — from their first tooth to three years — which is a period before many kids begin to regularly visit a dentist. Visits are efficient and low-cost, and the fee is covered by Medicaid for eligible children.

What to Expect:

Our licensed dental hygienist provides parents and caregivers with information about early preventive dental health. When your child turns three and graduates from our program, we can help you find a dental home if you do not already have one. During your visit, you will meet with a licensed dental hygienist who will talk with you and do a visual screening of your child’s mouth. The visit will help determine your child’s risk for developing cavities, include dental health information specific to your child, and the application of dental fluoride varnish. Visits last approximately 20 minutes.

Take Action Now

For questions or to make an appointment, please visit our website or call the office nearest you:

Ada County: 208-327-7400
Elmore County: 208-587-4407
Valley County: 208-630-8002


CDHD’s First Teeth Matter visits are affordable and open to all families regardless of income and insurance status. A nominal fee is charged to all participants. This fee is covered by Medicaid for eligible children. This program is not eligible for a sliding-fee scale.


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