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(Individuals under Age 21)


Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment EPSDT is Medicaid's comprehensive child health program. The Medicaid Dentist focus is on prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. EPSDT is a mandatory service required to be provided under a state's Medicaid program. 

 

The best resource for free dentists for children is offered by the SCHIP. Free dental care includes routine preventive and diagnostic dental services such as oral examinations, prophylaxis and topical fluoride applications, sealants and x-rays.

Pediatric Dentist Recommendations
1. Start cleaning teeth early.
As soon as the first tooth appears, begin cleaning by wiping with a clean, damp cloth every day. When more teeth come in, switch to a small, soft toothbrush. Begin using toothpaste with fluoride when the child is 2 years old. Use toothpaste with fluoride earlier if your child dentist recommends it.

2. Use the right amount of fluoride toothpaste.
Fluoride is important for fighting cavities. But pediatric dentists agree that if children younger than 6 years old swallow too much fluoride, their permanent teeth may have white spots. To keep this from happening, your child dentist recommends using only a small amount of toothpaste (about the size of a pea). Teach your child dentist to spit out the toothpaste and to rinse well after brushing.  

3. Supervise brushing.
Brush your child’s teeth twice a day until your child has the skill to handle the toothbrush alone. Then continue to closely atch brushing to make sure the child is doing a thorough job and using only a small amount of toothpaste.

4. Talk to your Pediatric Dentist (child dentist).
Check with the pediatric dentist " child dentist " about your child’s specific fluoride needs. After age 2, most children get the right amount of fluoride to help prevent cavities if they drink water that contains fluoride and brush their teeth with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste twice a day.