Oral Health for Adolescents

Protect your teeth from cavities by brushing and flossing away plaque buildup. The bacteria in your mouth feed on what you eat and this can cause cavities. It is important to take care of your oral health now to prevent problems in the future as an adult.

If you do not take care of your oral health, you can be at risk for certain disease such as tooth decay or gum disease. These diseases can lead to other health issues if not taken care of. Below are some tips for taking care of your oral health.

Need help paying for dental treatment?

If you do not have dental insurance, Medi-Cal covers dental benefits for teens, including braces.

Why should you avoid smoking and sugary drinks?

It is important to not smoke or vape, and limit sugary drinks. Using tobacco products can have long term effects on your teeth that can end up being expensive. Remember to ask your dentist any questions you might have about your mouth and teeth. The dentist will let you know if you need to return to fill a cavity. Your dentist also may refer you to an orthodontist if he or she thinks you may need braces or have other issues.

Oral Health for Teens

Oral health is very important during every stage in life and you are not health without good oral health.

Medi-Cal Dental Benefits

Below are free or low-cost services covered by Medi-Cal for teens (13-17):

  • Dental exams (every 6 months)
  • X-rays
  • Fluoride varnish (every 6 months)
  • Molar sealants
  • Teeth cleaning (every 6 months)
  • Orthodontics (braces) for those who qualify
  • Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Root canals
  • Partial and full dentures
  • Scaling and root planing
  • Tooth removal
  • Emergency services
  • Outpatient services
  • Sedation (if medically necessary)

Funded by the California Department of Public Health under contract #22-10191