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Early Childhood Oral Health

The Early Childhood Oral Health Program is grant funded through First Things First, also known as the Tobacco Tax, and provides the following free services in the East Valley:

Services for newborns through age 5:

  • Teaches children good oral health practices including tooth brushing skills and nutrition choices
  • Provides children with a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and a two-minute timer
  • Reduces cavities by providing oral screenings, applying fluoride varnish every three to six months, and providing referrals to dental professionals

Services for parents:

  • Provides education regarding good oral health practices including tooth brushing skills and nutrition choices
  • Facilitates dental visits by providing referral list and making follow-up calls for urgent cases
  • Increases awareness of the importance of having your child's first dental visit by age one

Services for dental and medical professionals:

  • Educates pediatricians on the importance of providing oral health screenings and referrals to dental providers by age one
  • Educates dental providers on the importance of seeing children beginning at age one

Oral screening and fluoride varnish clinics are held at WIC offices, immunization clinics, daycares, preschools and other community locations throughout the East Valley

First Things First, approved by Arizona voters, works to ensure that our youngest children have access to quality early childhood experiences so they will start school healthy and ready to succeed.

To learn more or for clinic dates and times, please call (877) 728-5414. Community agencies interested in hosting a clinic, please call (480) 728-5709.