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The CDPH Oral Health Program has several projects focused on improving the oral health of all Californians.


The California Children’s Dental Disease Prevention Program (CCDDPP) is a school-based prevention program. The mission of the CCDDPP is to assure, promote, and protect the oral health of California’s school-aged children by increasing their oral health awareness, knowledge, and self-responsibility by developing positive, life-long oral health behaviors.  The program is targeted to children who are unlikely receive preventive services otherwise. The criterion is based on the proportion of Free and Reduced School Lunch Program participation for each participating school. Funding for the CCDDPP was restored in fiscal year 2016-2017. For archived materials, please contact  us.


The Community Water Fluoridation Program provides scientific and technical expertise to communities interested in fluoridating their drinking water. California's fluoridated drinking water act, Assembly Bill 733, became law in 1995, authorizing water systems with 10,000 or more service connections to fluoridate once money from an outside source is provided.


The Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Branch at the California Department of Health Care Services is collaborating with the Oral Health Program to promote effective oral health practices among parents, caregivers, childcare providers, MCAH programs, and primary health care providers. The goal of the project is to increase the number of children receiving preventive dental services and increase local capacity to collect data on the population’s oral health needs. This project includes providing technical assistance to local health departments and MCAH programs to help them include more oral health activities in their programs, policy development, and community outreach efforts.


CDPH was awarded a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to expand the Virtual Dental Home (VDH) system to three additional sites to bring oral health services to vulnerable and underserved populations and pilot a Value-Based Incentive program.  The VDH is an innovative delivery system, which has demonstrated the ability to reach populations that do not traditionally receive oral health services or access services until they have advanced disease.  The system uses telehealth-connected teams to reach traditionally underserved populations and dental hygienists to provide community-based prevention and early intervention services.

The development of the VDH delivery system has been led by the Pacific Center for Special Care at the University of the Pacific (Pacific), Arthur A Dugoni School of Dentistry.  Pacific has extensive experience working in community sites, analyzing, understanding, and working with the unique environments presented by various populations, community delivery systems, and educational, social, and general health agencies.  The success of the VDH delivery system has, in large part, been driven by the ability to foster interprofessional practice to integrate oral health services in community locations and includes cultural and linguistic competency, and customizes the system to the unique needs of each community and agency.   For additional information on the VDH delivery system, please visit the University of Pacific’s Virtual Dental Home System of Care webpage.


CDPH was awarded the Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement (PIOHQI) Expansion Grant from the HRSA for project years 2015 through 2019.  The goal of California’s PIOHQI Project is to improve the oral health of high-risk pregnant women and infants through increased utilization of oral health care services. By integrating oral health care into the primary care delivery system, the oral health and overall health of pregnant women and infants will be improved. If you have any questions about the project, approach, or materials developed, please contact the Dental Director at

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