Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County
Last updated: November 16, 2018, 9:52 am
Poor air quality in Contra Costa is expected to continue through the weekend due to the Camp Fire in Butte County.
Stay indoors when possible and keep doors and windows closed.
Avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors.
Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms such as difficulty breathing, persistent coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, heart palpitations, nausea, fatigue or light-headedness.
Visit baaqmd.gov for air quality information. Visit airnow.gov for current air quality conditions in your zip code.
Visit cchealth.org/wildfire for smoke-related health information.
Children's Oral Health
The Children's Oral Health Program is part of the Family, Maternal and Child Health (FMCH) Programs in Contra Costa Health Services. It was founded in 1977 to provide preventive dental services to children in low-income areas of the county. The program works in collaboration with schools, preschools and community partners to increase access to oral health services, by linking families with no- or low-cost resources.
Preventive Oral Health Services in Schools
The Children's Oral Health Program offers a variety of services to elementary schools and preschools that meet the Children's Oral Health Program's criteria for participation. All services are provided free of charge and are performed by licensed staff.
Oral Health Education - Children learn the proper way to brush their teeth, how cavities can be prevented, and how good nutrition helps keep their teeth healthy.
Dental Screenings - Program staff perform visual screenings to check the health of children's mouths. Parents receive Dental Health Report Cards with our recommendations.
The Basic Screening Survey (BSS) developed by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) is utilized for the dental screening. The BSS is not a thorough clinical examination and does not involve making a clinical diagnosis that results in a treatment plan. The screening is intended to identify gross dental decay or oral lesions.
Dental Sealants - Children in third through sixth grade are examined to determine if they need sealants. Sealants are place on the chewing surfaces, or pits and fissures, of the permanent molars. Sealants are plastic coatings that make it difficult for plaque to adhere to grooves of these teeth, reducing the risk of developing caries for several years.
Kindergarten Exams - Lack of access to dental care is a problem for many California children. Children in pain are unable to concentrate and learn in school. The kindergarten dental checkup requirement mandated by State Law (AB1433) requires that children entering public school for the first time, in kindergarten or first grade must have a dental check up by May 31 of the first school year. is now optional While this program is now optional, the Children’s Oral Health Program can assist in referring you to a dental care provider who may be able to assist you with getting your child a dental check up.
Program staff work closely with school nurses to provide Kindergarten exams in WCCUSD.
Dental Clinics in Contra Costa County
There are four county dental clinics and three community clinics in Contra Costa that provide free or low-cost dental services to eligible families.
- See Dental Clinics in Contra Costa County.
List of dentists in Contra Costa County that accept Denti-Cal:
- Central County
- West County
- East County
Please Note: This list is only updated twice per year. Some dental practices may have changed their criteria for accepting new patients, times of operation and services. Please call the dental practice and confirm that the information is correct before you make an appointment.