Oral Health

Oral Health

The CDHD Oral Health Program focuses on the prevention of oral diseases in children. Education and preventive dental services are offered through the First Teeth Matter Program, School Sealant Clinics, and Fluoride Varnish Clinics. Learn more below!

first teeth matter
First Teeth Matter | From Their 1st Tooth to Age 3
Make an Appointment: 327-7450

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.

What is the First Teeth Matter clinic all about?
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. Our licensed dental hygienist provides parents and care-givers 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.

What can I expect during an appointment with my child?
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.

How will I be billed for a visit?
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.

Learn More: English | Spanish

Fluoride Varnish & Sealant Clinics

Fluoride Varnish Clinics provide dental screenings, fluoride varnish applications and education to Medicaid eligible and uninsured children. Fluoride varnish application will help prevent teeth from getting cavities. These clinics are free to children 6 months to 5 years who are Medicaid eligible, and a sliding fee scale is used for uninsured children.

The Fluoride Varnish Clinics are held at Central District Health offices. Call the nearest office to schedule an appointment.

Dental Clinics

Meridian Elementary and Valley County Elementary Schools dental clinics provide screenings, dental sealants, prophylaxis (cleaning), and/or fluoride treatments, and education to Medicaid eligible and uninsured children.

Clinic Locations

Boise, Ada County
707 N. Armstrong Place

Monday & Wednesdays in WIC
9 am – 3 pm
Call to see if hygienist is in.

McCall, Valley County
703 1st Street

Mtn Home, Elmore County
520 E 8th Street

Third Friday every month; call to see if hygienist is in.

Program Information

Heather Gagliano
Program Manager | Oral Health
Email Heather

Idaho Oral Health Program

Idaho Oral Health Action Plan
Idaho Oral Health Program


Fluoride Coatings for Your Child’s Teeth Brochure
Two Healthy Smiles: Tips to Keep You and Your Baby Healthy

Dos sonrisas saludables: Consejos para mantenerte a ti y a tu bebé sanos
A Healthy Smile for Your Young Child: Tips to Keep Your Child Healthy
Una sonrisa saludable para tu niño pequeño: Consejos para mantener sano a tu niño
A Healthy Smile for Your Baby: Tips to Keep Your Baby Healthy
Una sonrisa saludable para tu bebé: Consejos para mantener sano a tu bebé

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Apr 29 9 am

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Expo Idaho
Boise, ID

May 39 am

Free Event
St. Luke’s Elmore (Business Office)
895 N. 6th E., Mountain Home

May 3 6:30 am

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Central District Health
707 N. Armstrong Pl.
Boise, ID