Children’s School-based Dental Program



The Yukon Children's Dental Program is a school-based public dental health program that provides diagnostic, preventative and restorative dental services to Yukon children. Dental therapists provide dental services to both urban and rural communities.


Region of Administration:



Government / Department:

Yukon Health and Social Services



Home-school children and students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 are eligible for services from the Yukon Children’s Dental program in Whitehorse and rural communities with a resident dentist.

Home-school children and students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 are eligible for services from the Yukon Children’s Dental Program in communities without a resident dentist.

Dental services provided by Yukon Children’s Dental Program are supplied at no cost to the parent or guardian. They are covered by Yukon Health and Social Services.



Parents are required to complete the Consent for Examination form annually. Children are eligible to receive:

  • Dental Examination
  • Diagnostic x-ray films (if required)
  • Oral hygiene instruction
  • Cleaning and/or scaling of teeth
  • Fluoride application
  • Sealants

The initial dental examination is performed by a dentist who will also complete a recall examination every two years. In alternate years, the examination will be conducted by a dental therapist.

If your child requires dental treatment following the dental examination, consent for Treatment will be sent home to inform you of your child’s dental needs and to obtain your written consent. Treatment cannot be provided without written consent from the parent/guardian. Once this has been provided, your child will then receive the dental treatment prescribed, which may include:

  • Fillings (Silver amalgam or white composite resins)
  • Stainless steel crowns (baby teeth)
  • Pulpotomies (baby teeth)
  • Extractions if required
  • Emergency dental services
  • Parent/Guardian Meetings
  • Scheduled meetings may be arranged with the dental therapist to discuss your children dental health concerns.

The Yukon Children’s Dental Program (YCDP) can refer children to dentists in private practice for preventive and restorative services which are normally provided by a dental therapist. The children must be enrolled in YCDP and have medical conditions or present patient management considerations. Only services identified by the dental therapist and described on the referral form will be covered by the YCDP; the referral expires six months from the date of issue.

Yukon Children’s Dental Program will reimburse dentists for services requested on referral according to the fees listed in the Yukon Dental Association fee guide.

The form provides a comprehensive listing of services which will be covered by YCDP upon referral by a dental therapist.



Dentists, Dental therapists


Therapeutic Responsibility:

Dentists, Dental therapists



Salary (Dental therapists), Fee-for-service (Dentists)


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