The Pediatric Dentistry Clinic at OHSU provides dental care for children and young adults up to age 14. Care is provided by dental students and dental residents with the supervision of dentists experienced in pediatric dental care. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a baby's first oral exam be no later than his or her first birthday. At OHSU, dental care for infant, toddler, and preschool age children (approximate ages 6 months to 6 years) is provided by resident and faculty dentists. Faculty Pediatric Dentists have an additional two to three years of specialized training after dental school.
Our goals are to provide care the exceeds the need and expectations of our patients and families, train future leaders in pediatric dentistry and oral health sciences, and advance the frontiers of research and discovery.
Pediatric dental services
We offer a full range of oral health services for children and adolescents, including:
- Comprehensive oral evaluation and assessments
- Teeth cleaning and fluoride treatments
- Space maintainers
- Athletic mouth guards
- Orthodontics (braces)
- Sedation dentistry for children
Our clinic and waiting areas are designed for children and provide a friendly and welcoming environment specially geared to young patients. Children accepted for care will be assigned to a dental student provider. Your provider will contact you to arrange an appointment for your child during one of the Pediatric Dentistry Clinic sessions. Appointments will generally last one and a half to two and a half hours. Faculty instructors supervise all treatments provided by the students.
When making your appointment, you can find out what forms you'll be asked to fill out that day. Save some time by downloading them and filling them out before you arrive:
A little information can go a long way to helping you with your child's oral health. Learn more about pediatric dental issues at these useful sites:
A sealant is a safe, plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth – premolars and molars. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and groves – pits and fissures – of the chewing surfaces. These pits and fissures are impossible to keep clean because the bristles of a toothbrush are too big to reach into them. Sealants, if used, could prevent up to 80% of all cavities in young molars. They are easy to apply and no drills or needles are involved.
Many insurers including the Oregon Health Plan now provide coverage for dental sealants in children. Talk to your dentist today about sealants for your child.
Pediatric New Patient examination, radiographs, routine cleaning, fluoride
- Comprehensive Care Student Clinic $154
- Specialty Care Clinic $303
For specific procedure costs, please call our Patient Account Specialists for a fee estimate at 503-418-4333.
OHSU accepts most dental insurance plans, including Oregon State Medicaid, Oregon Health Plan including OPS (Moda), Capital Dental Care, Family Dental Care, Open Card, and Washington State Medicaid/Apple Health. For private insurance, contact your insurance company to ensure OHSU is in the provider network for your coverage, or call our dental clinics for more information.