Chapa-De Celebrates Children’s Dental Health Month  Chapa-De Indian Health Auburn Grass Valley | Medical Clinic

Children’s Dental Health Month

Chapa-De Celebrates Children’s Dental Health Month 

Chapa-De Indian Health Auburn Grass Valley | Medical Clinic

February is Children’s Dental Health Month. The California Dental Association (CDA) declared this to focus attention on the health of children’s teeth and gums. The goal is to support families to create healthy habits that help prevent dental pain and problems. This way kids can focus on learning and all the activities they love!

Why is Children’s Dental Health Important?

Many children have cavities and other dental issues. These problems can cause mouth pain and discomfort. It can also impact overall health. Our mouths are important parts of our bodies. They are in charge of eating, drinking, talking, and breathing. It is important to support children to take care of their teeth and mouths.

Promoting Good Oral Health at Home

Chapa-De wants parents and children to be proactive about their good oral habits. Here are some things to keep in mind that can help:

  1. Babies should go to the dentist when they get their first tooth or by their first birthday, whichever comes first. 
  2. Cavity-causing bacteria passes through the transfer of saliva. For this reason, each family member needs their own toothbrush, spoon, fork and cup. It is also important to clean pacifiers and bottles with soap and water, not spit. 
  3. Start hygiene habits early. Wipe infants gums twice a day with a washcloth. Help children brush and floss until they have mastered the skill – usually around age 7. 
  4. Prevent tooth decay. Finish bottle feedings before putting your baby down to sleep. Avoid sugary food and drinks like soda. Limit between-meal snacks and drink plenty of water, especially after eating.

Dental Care at Chapa-De

We offer excellent dental care at both of our health centers. This includes:

  • Dental Exams
  • Education on how to best care for your teeth
  • Dental Cleanings
  • Fluoride Treatments
  • Digital X-Rays
  • Fillings, Crowns, Bridges, and Dentures
  • Root Canals
  • Limited Oral Surgery
  • Dental Braces

In the event you require additional services, we will refer you to an outside dental specialist.

Learn more about our Dental Department HERE.

To schedule an appointment with Chapa-De, please contact our Auburn office at (530) 887-2800 or our Grass Valley office at (530) 477-8545.


Chapa-De provides medical care, dental care, optometry, behavioral health, pharmacy services and much more.

Serving all American Indian, Low Income and Limited Income Community Members