Infant Oral Health

The goal of the Infant Oral Health Program is to prevent Early Childhood Caries and to educate caregivers in good preventive dental care. Did you know infants should have their first dental visit after their first tooth appears or no later than 12 months of age? All children from birth to three years of age are eligible for the clinic. Services are provided by students from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and include:

  • Oral screening and Head Start dental exams
  • Fluoride varnish applications
  • Oral Hygiene instruction and dental nutrition counseling

The purpose of the program is to ensure children have a dental home. The I-Smile Coordinator provides assistance to families in finding a dental provider. The program serves children from 0 to 21 years of age, and pregnant women. Services provided by a registered dental hygienist may include:

  • Dental screening
  • Oral hygiene instruction
  • Fluoride varnish application
  • Referral to local dentists for treatment
  • Gap filling preventive dental treatment
  • Dental care coordination

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Dental Care Coordination

Johnson County Public Health staff assists families in obtaining a dental provider. Please call (319) 356-6045 Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Services provided include:

  • Review of family financial resources
  • Determination of barriers to dental care
  • Referral to a dentist
  • Assistance in applying for Medicaid, hawk-i, Title X and Title V programs
  • Follow-up with families to ensure dental visits are kept

To schedule a dental appointment please call (319) 356-6042. If you need help in finding dental care please call Becky Hackett-Leas, Oral Health Coordinator at (319) 688-5906 or send an email to [email protected]

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