Dental Check-Ups

These services fall under: Services you can get through Fee-For-Service (FFS) Medi-Cal or other programs.

Keep your baby’s gums clean by gently wiping the gums with a washcloth every day. At about four to six months, “teething” will begin as the baby teeth start to come in.
You should make an appointment for your child’s first dental visit as soon as their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday, whichever comes first.

The following Medi-Cal dental services are free or low-cost services for:
Babies ages 1 to 4

  • Baby’s first dental visit
  • Baby’s first dental exam
  • Dental exams (every 6 months; every 3 months from birth to age 3)
  • X-rays
  • Teeth cleaning (every 6 months)
  • Fluoride varnish (every 6 months)
  • Fillings
  • Tooth removal
  • Emergency services
  • Outpatient services
  • Sedation (if medically necessary)

Kids ages 5-12

  • Dental exams (every 6 months)
  • X-rays
  • Fluoride varnish (every 6 months)
  • Teeth cleaning (every 6 months)
  • Molar sealants
  • Fillings
  • Root canals
  • Emergency services
  • Outpatient services
  • Sedation (if medically necessary)

Kids ages 13-17

  • Dental exams (every 6 months)
  • X-rays
  • Fluoride varnish (every 6 months)
  • Teeth cleaning (every 6 months)
  • Orthodontics (braces) for those who qualify
  • Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Root canals
  • Tooth removal
  • Emergency services
  • Outpatient services
  • Sedation (if medically necessary)

If you have questions or want to learn more about dental services, visit the Medi-Cal Dental Program website or call 1-800-322-6384 (TTY 1-800-735-2922 or 711).