Champaign-Urbana Public Health District’s Child & Teen Dental Clinic provides a dental home to children ages 0-18. Services include twice yearly exams and cleanings, fluoride, dental sealants and repair of decayed teeth.As of May 2023, CUPHD's Child & Teen Dental Clinic is only able to accept new patients who are children age 0-18:
C-UPHD's School Dental Clinics visit all public schools in Champaign, Savoy, & Urbana to provide school dental exams, cleanings, fluoride & dental sealants. All students with Medicaid, AllKids, or who are uninsured are eligible for a dental exam at school, at no cost to the parent!
Parents/guardians need to complete a consent form for their child and return it to CUPHD or their child's school. Consent forms are available at our office, on our website, or can be mailed to you by calling 217-531-4279. English, Spanish & French.
View our 2023-2024 schedule of K-12 schools!
For more information, call 217-531-4279.
In July 2021, C-UPHD’s Registered Dental Hygienists obtained their Public Health Dental Hygienist (PHDH) certification. The PHDH certification allows a Registered Dental Hygienist to treat patients without a dentist first examining the patient. PHDH’s must have 4,000 hours of clinical experience, complete 42 hours of additional continuing education, and pass a comprehensive exam. In addition to the certification, PHDH’s must have a written collaborative agreement with a licensed dentist. To date, our PHDH’s have provided care to more than 300 patients in our clinic and our school-based sealant program. More information about the PHDH certification.
Cavities (also known as caries or tooth decay) are one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood in the United States. Untreated cavities can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning. Children who have poor oral health often miss more school and receive lower grades than children who don’t.
The good news is that cavities are preventable. Fluoride varnish can prevent about one-third (33%) of cavities in the primary (baby) teeth. Children living in communities with fluoridated tap water have fewer cavities than children whose water is not fluoridated. Similarly, children who brush daily with fluoride toothpaste will have fewer cavities.
For children younger than 2, consult first with your doctor or dentist regarding the use of fluoride toothpaste.For Children
If your child is younger than 6, watch them brush. Make sure they use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and always spit it out rather than swallow. Help your child brush until they have good brushing skills.