Keeping children’s teeth healthy for a lifetime begins with preventive care. Taking your children to the dentist at least once a year will help keep their teeth healthy. Covered services for children include:

  • Routine preventive dental services, including oral health screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, dental sealant, oral hygiene education, X-rays, fillings and extractions
  • Two routine, preventive dental visits per year
  • Other therapeutic and medically necessary procedures


Tips for keeping your child’s teeth healthy

Brush! The most important part of any dental hygiene program is brushing. Then, be sure to:

  1. See the dentist. Starting at age 1, kids need to go to the dentist at least once a year to learn how to take care of their teeth, to get their teeth cleaned and to fix any cavities.
  2. Ask about sealant. If your child is age 6 to 15, talk to your dentist about dental sealant. This special coating will help keep them from getting cavities in their larger teeth, called molars. Sealants are for permanent molars only. And remember, sealants don’t work on teeth that already have cavities.
  3. Limit sugar. Try to limit the amount of sugary drinks and sweet treats your child has. Sugar in things like cookies, candy and soda can lead to tooth decay.

To learn more about your dental benefits, view the member handbook: Mercy Care or Mercy Care Long Term Care

Learn more about your dental benefits.