San Mateo County Dental Society (CA)

Dental Assistance

Boy Dies After Bacteria From Tooth Spreads to Brain

Twelve-year-old Deamonte died of a toothache; Washington Post Article. A routine, $80 tooth extraction might have saved him. If his mother had been insured. If his family had not lost their Medicaid. If Medicaid dentists weren't so hard to find. If his mother hadn't been focused on getting a dentist for his brother, who had six rotted teeth. By the time Deamonte's own aching tooth got any attention, the bacteria from the abscess had spread to his brain, doctors said. After two operations and more than six weeks of hospital care, the boy passed away.



San Mateo County Health System


Maureen Borland Orthodontics Endowment Fund

San Mateo Medical Center (SMMC) Clinics

Bay Area Dental Schools 

Ravenswood Family Dentistry

Samaritan House Clinics

Sonrisas (Smiles) Clinics  

Healthcare For the Homeless/Farmworker Health Program   


San Mateo County Health System
ADDRESSES DIVERSE NEEDS ACROSS THE COUNTY:  Children < 2, Children 2-20, Adults 21+, Pregnant Moms, Special Needs, Homeless, HIV+/Ryan White Program, Urgent Care, Homebound
• Child Health Initiative 650.573.3595 Health insurance enrollment assistance
• Children’s Dental Program 650.573.2877 Additional dental resources

Denti-Cal * 800.322.6384
See website or call M-F 8am-5pm to locate a MediCal dental provider; best time to call 8-10am
• Exams and x-rays
• Cleanings (Prophylaxis)
• Fluoride treatments
• Fillings
• Root canals in front teeth
• Prefabricated Crowns (stainless steel or tooth colored)
• Full Dentures
• Other medically necessary dental services 

The Maureen Borland Orthodontics Endowment Fund provides funding for children's orthodontic needs. This program works closely with a child's family, various dental offices, and other departments of San Mateo County in order to put an orthodontia package together for the child in need. The goal of the Children’s Fund Orthodontic Program is to improve the confidence, health, and well-being of low-income and foster children by ensuring they receive critical orthodontic care that maximizes their health potential.  The program acts as the last resort for families who are unable to pay for this treatment on their own.  We believe all children deserve the health benefits and confidence boost that come with a functional beautiful smile.
Daly City  650.301.8444  

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San Mateo Medical Center Dental Clinics
Willow, Fair Oaks and North County Dental Clinics predominantly treat scheduled children, with a daily emergency drop-in service for adults, from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.  Comprehensive care is available for children at all the clinics.  Adult care is emergency only or referral to UOP for comprehensive care. 

Adult Dental Program - Adults can be referred by their physician or by a dentist for comprehensive care by Dental Residents at UOP Dental School or at Willow, depending on the dental services they require.  A grant-funded van transports patients to the dental school for treatment on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

If you do not have insurance, a Community Health Advocate will help you find the best health coverage program for you. Call the Community Health Advocate Hotline at 650.616.2002 or go to a clinic to apply.

SMMC Main Campus Specialty & Drop-In Clinic
222 W. 39th Ave San Mateo, CA 94403
2nd Fl Specialty Area
Emergency Drop-In Hours for extractions and infection treatment
• Mon-Fri 7:30am – 8:30am sign up. No appt needed.

SMMC – Fair Oaks Dental Clinic    
2710 Middlefield Rd Redwood City, CA 94063
Emergency Drop-In Hours for extractions and infection treatment
• Mon-Fri  8:00am – 10:00am. No appt needed

SMMC – Daly City Dental Clinic     

380 90th St Daly City, CA 94015
Emergency Drop-In Hours for extractions and infection treatment
• Mon-Fri   8:00am – 9:00am. No appt needed

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Bay Area Dental Schools
Generally offer comprehensive, quality dental care at fees 30-40% less than average private dental offices; accept MediCal and some private insurance. Policies and fees vary somewhat by school and/or clinic; most require   appointments.

University of the Pacific - Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry         
UOP Dental Clinics   
155 5th St. SF, CA 94103 (Enter on 5th St.)

• UOP – General Dentistry Clinic   

Adults & Children. New patients must schedule a preliminary dental screening. Screenings can be scheduled Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 12:30pm, and 2pm - 4:30pm. The cost for this screening is $28. If you have current full mouth x-rays, bring them. If x-rays are needed, the cost is $79.

• UOP – Emergency Clinic             

No Appt Needed. Minimum patient age: 14yrs old. $40-$100 pmt by cash, check, Visa. Denti-Cal accepted.

• UOP – Children’s Clinic Level 1   

Ages 1-15. Special needs, hospital cases

• UOP – Orthodontic Clinic Level 1  
Adults & Children. Only patients without previous ortho treatment

• UOP – Oral Surgery Clinic Level C  

Adults & Children. By appt or Emergency Clinic referral

• UOP – Special Care Clinic Level C   

Adults & Children. For patients w/medical concerns, developmental disabilities, dental fear



University of California at San Francisco
UCSF Dental Clinics             
707 Parnassus SF, CA 94122

• UCSF – General Dentistry Clinic       

Age 18+; M-F 8am-5pm. General, Periodontics, Prosthodontics

• UCSF – Emergency Services Clinic  

8:30am or 1:30pm. 1st come, 1st serve; patient prepay $35-$85

• UCSF – Children’s Clinic 2nd Floor    

Ages 1-17; M-F 9am-5pm. Special needs, hospital cases

• UCSF – Orthodontic Clinic 3rd Floor  

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Ins & MediCal pre-auth; initial consult $25

• UCSF – Oral Surgery Clinic Rm 1201  

By appointment. Emergency extractions

• UCSF – T M J Clinic Level C                 

Tue-Fri: 9am-12pm & 2pm-5pm

• UCSF – Family Dental Center              

1001 Potrero Ave, Bldg 20 SF, CA 94122
Adults & Children 4+ No ortho or implants

• UCSF – Buchanan Community Clinic  

100 Buchanan St SF, CA 94122
By appointment. General & Specialty Dentistry



Miles of Smiles
Dental Hygiene services for persons homebound or suffering from cognitive issues such as dementia
Appointment only 650.570.3042


Ravenswood Family Dentistry (RQHC)
1798 A Bay Road  East Palo Alto, CA 94303
•For uninsured residents of southeast San Mateo County

Ravenswood Family Health Center is a federally funded nonprofit community health center that provides health care for the underserved and uninsured in southeast San Mateo County. Ravenswood Family Dentistry provides full service dental care to established medical patients of Ravenswood Family Health Center—that is patients who have received medical care at RFHC in the past 24 months.


Samaritan House Free Clinics
4031 Pacific Blvd. San Mateo, CA 94403
• Primarily adults
• Must qualify by calling case worker 650.347.3648
• Serves residents of San Mateo County
• Dental Clinic services include fillings, cleanings, extractions, and root canals
• Patient pays only lab costs if they qualify


Samaritan House Free Clinic of San Mateo 
Appointment only, through initial referral by

Client Services at 650.347.3648
19 W. 39th Ave. San Mateo, CA 94403
Phone: 650.578.0400      Fax: 650.578.0440

Samaritan House Free Clinic of Redwood City
Must prequalify and call 650.347.3648 for an appointment
114-5th Ave. Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: 650.839.1447    Fax: 650.839.1457


Sonrisas San Mateo
San Mateo
430 N. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94401
M-TH 8am-5pm


Sonrisas Half Moon Bay 650.726.2144          
210 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
M-F 8am-5pm
For low income patients. General and preventative care. Adult, elder, child, and special needs patients treated.


San Mateo County Health Care for the Homeless/Farmworker Health Program  
Jim Beaumont, HCH Coordinator
This program coordinates dental services for the homeless in San Mateo County primarily through the SMMC Dental program’s mobile clinic.  Referrals required by shelter or case manager.  Coverage through San Mateo, Redwood City and South San Francisco.


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