Oral Health

toddler brushing teeth

Oral Health Programs at CDH

Ada: (208) 327-7400 | Elmore: (208) 587-4407 | Valley: (208) 630-8002


The CDH 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!

CDH provides limited dental services for children. For urgent or adult dental care, contact your dentist, or Terry Reilly Health Services Dental Clinic At 848 LaCassia Dr., Boise 83705
(208) 344-0086 | website

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first teeth matter

Did you know that cavities are caused by germs that are passed from adult to child?
First teeth matter!
CDH’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.

First Teeth Matter appointments are offered the first Wednesday of each month from 9am - 4pm and the 3rd Monday of the month from 11am - 6pm at the Boise office. Appointments are required. Please call the office nearest you to schedule.

Ada: (208) 327-7400 | Elmore: (208) 587-4407 | Valley: (208) 630-8002

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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.

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.

CDH’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 eligible for a sliding-fee scale.


CDH and select elementary schools in Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley counties partner to offer school-based dental sealant clinics. Services may include dental screening, sealants, cleaning and fluoride varnish applications. Participating children receive oral health education and a toothbrush.

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 offered at no charge to the families of children 6 months to 5 years old.

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

Fluoride Varnish Brochure


Boise | Ada County
707 N. Armstrong Place
(208) 327-7400
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McCall | Valley County
703 1st Street
(208) 630-8002
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Mountain Home | Elmore County
520 E 8th Street
(208) 587-4407
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Hayden Falkner
Program Manager
(208) 327-8618