Frequently Asked Questions

Are the services free?

The SmileMobile accepts Apple Health (Medicaid, ProviderOne, Molina), individuals and families with no insurance.

What is the dentist going to do at my child’s dental visit

The dentist will perform an exam and provide oral health education. If your child needs fillings or additional services, a follow-up visit will be scheduled. Please be on time for your appointments.

What other services does the SmileMobile provide?

The dentist and staff also provide fluoride varnishes, cleanings (if needed), sealants, fillings, simple extractions and referrals.

What about ongoing dental care?

The SmileMobile is in your community for a limited time. For ongoing dental care, the dental team will provide resources to DentistLink, Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD program) or a local dental clinic in your community.

When should my child first have a dental screening?

First screening by first birthday. Early care will protect your child’s teeth now and in the future. The first visit may be with a dentist or medical provider.

What causes cavities (tooth decay)?

Germs cause cavities.  Foods we eat and drink feed these germs. The germs make an acid that weakens the teeth and may cause cavities.  Tooth decay is preventable and can be stopped if it is caught early.

Can the condition of a parent’s teeth and gums affect their child’s oral health?

Yes. Parents need to keep their teeth and gums healthy, helping prevent cavities in their young child’s mouth.

How does what my child eats affect his/her teeth?

A healthy diet helps children grow and develop. Sweets, starchy foods (crackers) and sticky foods (raisins) stay in the mouth longer, so they can easily cause tooth decay. For snacks, offer fruits, vegetables or cheese. Also, avoid snacking or sipping sweet liquids throughout the day.

What is fluoride varnish?

It’s a topical fluoride painted on the teeth and is a quick and effective way to help prevent or heal early tooth decay.

What are sealants?

Sealants are a thin protective coating painted on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to prevent cavities. Research shows that sealants prevents cavities on the molars, the teeth in the back of the mouth were kids get cavities most often.

When should my child get sealants?

It is best for children to get sealants on their between the ages of 6 and 13.

How often should my child brush his/her teeth?

Brush your young child’s teeth twice a day. Always brush at bedtime. Brush for at least 2 minutes, using fluoridated toothpaste. Help brush your child’s teeth until he/she is 6 to 8 years old.