The importance of children’s oral health
Tooth decay (also called cavities or dental caries) is the most common chronic disease for school-age children. In fact, more than 30% of kindergarten children in Colorado have cavities. The problem increases as children get older; by third grade, 47% of kids have had cavities.
Though preventive measures like dental sealants are highly effective, only half of children who could benefit from sealants receive them. All children should have oral health education and regular access to dental care to support good oral health outcomes.
School-based oral health programs and clinics
Regular dental care is important for children of all ages. Doctors and dentists recommend the first dental visit by age 1 or when the first teeth come in. This provides us with the best chance to prevent cavities and improve the health of children’s teeth and gums.
Our team provides caring and affordable dental care to APS students at two convenient school locations. We accept Medicaid, Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) and work with APS to cover most fees for students who are uninsured.
Our school-based dental clinic locations:
Laredo Kid’s Clinic
1420 Laredo Street
Aurora, CO 80111
Crawford Kid’s Clinic
1600 Florence Street
Aurora, CO 80010
To make an appointment, call 720-777-5061.
Cavity Free at Three
Cavity-Free at Three is Children’s Colorado’s infant oral healthcare program that provides preventive dental care to children under the age of 3. Though dental decay is the number-one chronic disease affecting children, cavities can be prevented with proper dental care.
Through this program, patients receive regular dental care including check-ups, cleanings and fluoride treatments and families learn how to prevent cavities, care for their child’s teeth and learn about healthy eating habits. Our care teams identify eligible patients through screenings during well-child check ups in the Child Health Clinic.
Community outreach: providing oral health education for children
At Children’s Colorado, we promote dental health in the community and provide presentations, instructions and seminars to help keep mouths healthy. If you're interested in having Children's Colorado's Grow and Smile Program team attend your event, please fill out the below form and we’ll be in touch.