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CHDP Oral Health and Dental Care


What is the CHDP Children's Oral Health and Dental Care Program?

  • The CHDP Childhood Oral Health and Dental Care Program is funded in part by First 5 of Ventura County and The Tobacco Settlement Program.
  • CHDP Oral Health focuses on achieving good oral health and oral health screening by medical providers.
  • Our staff educates health care professionals, clinic staff, community partners, and families about oral health and methods to prevent disease.
  • CHDP Oral Health encourages The 5 Easy Steps to Oral Health:

1.    Brush teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day

  • For children under 2 years, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends using an amount of toothpaste the size of a rice grain
  • For children 2 years and older, or who are able to spit, use a pea sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste

2.    Floss teeth

3.    Get fluoride protection

4.    Eat healthy snacks

5.    Every child should be seen by a dentist regularly every 6 months starting at 1 year of age


Who is eligible?

  • The CHDP Health exam ensures each child in CHDP will receive an oral health assessment at each visit and a routine dental referral starting at 12 months of age.
  • Children under 6 years old are able to receive Fluoride Varnish up to 3 times a year in their doctor's office.

What services do we provide?

  • For Families
    • CHDP Oral Health provides families and the community with education and information on resources and services through health fairs, presentations, and other community events.
    • Our staff will help you find a dentist near you. The Denti-Cal Provider Directory for Ventura County lists dental clinics that provide Denti-Cal services. For more information about dentists who will see young children, contact CHDP Administration.
    • CHDP Oral Health provides CHDP providers with Fluoride Varnish and toothbrushes.
    • Fluoride Varnish FAQs answers your questions about this valuable application to your child's teeth.
  • For Providers
    • CHDP Oral Health program trains providers and clinic staff about methods to educate children and families about:
      • Good oral care
      • How to apply Fluoride Varnish to children from first tooth eruption to 5 years of age
      • Importance of routine referrals to a dentist starting at 1 year of age
    • Trains medical providers how to perform an oral health risk assessment and provides necessary tools and resources
    • Fluoride Varnish
      • Providers who are enrolled in the Fluoride Varnish Program are able to receive free toothbrushes and Fluoride Varnish
      • To learn more about the Fluoride Varnish Program or to enroll in the program, please contact our local CHDP Administration office.
      • Fluoride Varnish FAQs answers your questions about the value of applying protective varnish to children's teeth.
    • CHDP Oral Health Education program collaborates with Ventura County Children's Oral Health Collaborative. The collaborative has released an Oral Health Education Curriculum, "Building Healthy Smiles" for one-to-one or group presentations. To receive training for Building Healthy Smiles and to receive education supplies, contact our CHDP Administration office.


Find more information at Family Resources or CHDP Provider Resources.