Dental Health Initiative - Share the Care (DHI-STC) Free or Reduced-Cost Emergency Dental Care

Share the Care/Dental Health Initiative program logo

For more information phone 619-692-8858 or send us an email.

Purpose: DHI-STC maintains a pool of volunteer dental care providers to treat children ages 5 to 18 in urgent need of care at no cost.

Referrals accepted from:

  • School nurses and health assistants
  • Health clinics
  • Community agencies

Children can get no-cost services if they meet the following requirements:

  • In urgent need of dental care (pain or infection)
  • Age 5-18 years
  • Receiving or eligible for free or reduced school lunch
  • Without resources for dental care (this means no insurance, including the Medi-Cal Dental Program)

If the child qualifies:

  1. Call DHI-STC at 619-692-8858, Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:00pm
    Have ready:
    • Child's name, birthdate, dental problem
    • Parent/guardian name, address (zip code necessary), phone number
    • Language spoken
    • Availability of transportation
    • Need for translator
    • Your name, school/agency/organization, phone number, and fax number
  2. DHI-STC will then locate a dentist and make an appointment after speaking with the parent or guardian. The referral source will be notified of the appointment and the dentist will make any subsequent appointments directly with the family.

Other important information:

  • Child must be accompanied by parent/guardian.
  • A "no-show," cancellation, or arriving late can result in no assistance from the program. Please help educate the parent/guardian about the importance of keeping the appointment and arriving promptly.
  • Family is responsible for purchasing any needed prescriptions.

If the child does not qualify for no-cost treatment:

For more information phone 619-692-8858 or send us an email.


Webpage last updated 10/17/2018