Dental Care

Eligibility for VA dental benefits is based on very specific guidelines and differs significantly from eligibility requirements for medical care. Please visit the Returning Service Member page for the most up to date eligibility requirements.

As of July 2012, Combat Veterans may be authorized dental treatment as reasonably necessary for the one-time correction of dental conditions if:

  • They served on active duty and were discharged or released from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable from a period of service not less than 90 days AND…
  • The certificate of discharge or release does not bear a certification that the Veteran was provided, within the 90-day period before the date of such discharge or release, a complete dental examination
  • Appropriate dental service and treatment indicated by the examination to be needed and
  • Application for VA dental treatment is made within 180 days of discharge or release under conditions other than dishonorable)

Please contact a member of the OEF/OIF Care Team for a referral for dental services available at the San Diego VA, if you believe you are eligible.

OEF/OIF Care Team Contacts:
Mission Valley & Chula Vista: Kate McCausland, MSW (619) 400-5271
La Jolla: Natasha Schwarz, ACSW (858) 642-3615
Oceanside: Holly Botka-Liu, MSW (760) 643-2079

Dental Care Resources

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San Diego County Dental Society

San Diego County Dental Society is the largest professional organization representing dentists in San Diego and Imperial Counties, as well as being the local arm of the California and American Dental Associations. Membership is voluntary. More than 70 percent of dentists in the San Diego area (approaching 2,000) are currently members.

Name Eligibility Fees
American Indian Health Center
2602 First Ave Ste #105
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 234-2158
All San Diego residents one year and up. Healthy Families, Mental/Dental Help Accepts Insurance, Medi-Cal, Medicare, Healthy Families, PPO’s, BCEDP.
Anderson Center for Dental Care
Children’s Hospital & Health Center
3020 Children’s Way, MC 5073
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 576-1700 x4094
Under 18; has early childhood cavities (BBTD); or a severely disabling medical condition and requires dental care. Income less than $40,000; no other funding available to cover full cost of treatment. Limited funding available.
California Kids
1680 Ventura Blvd., Suite 342
Encino, CA 91346
(800) 374-4543
Children 2-18 who meet qualifying standards for California Kids
medical coverage. Undoc./Foster Care.
Option to choose between HMO or PPO
Children’s Dental Health Association of San Diego
1270 24th Street
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 234-8131
0-20 years of age, for low-income families and unable to afford private care $20.00 fee for initial check-up, including X-ray. Denti-Cal, CHDP, and Healthy Families. No private insurance.
Children’s Hospital Pediatric Dental Clinic
8110 Birmingham Way, Bldg. 28
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 966-4094
All children ages newborn to 18 years of age. Specializing in treating children 0-5, children with disabilities and complex medical conditions, and hospital dentistry. Medi-cal / Denti-cal, CHDP, Delta Dental Healthy Families, and many types of dental insurance. Sliding scale for cash payments; credit cards accepted.
County Medical Services
P.O. Box 939016
San Diego, CA 92193
(858) 492-4444
San Diego County legal residents, Ages 21-64 Free of charge — emergency services only
Comprehensive Health Center
3177 Oceanview Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 231-9300 ext. 3134
All legal San Diego residents. Medi-Cal , Denti-Cal, CHDP, Healthy Families and other insurance.
Fallbrook Family Health Center
593 E. Elder Street, Suite B
Fallbrook, CA 92028
(760) 723-5900
All San Diego County residents. All ages. Based on ability to pay. CHDP referrals, Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, Head Start, CMS, limited no charge emergency services (EAPC.)
Grossmont/Spring Valley Family Health Centers
8788 Jamacha Rd.
Spring Valley, CA 91977
(619) 515-2555
2 ½ years and up, adults CMS Medi-Cal, CHDP, Healthy Families and other insurance accepted. Sliding fee scale available.
Hillcrest Family Health Center of S.D.
3094 4th St.
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 515-2545
3 years and up, adults CMS Sliding fees scale with maximum of 25% off. (Proof of income and address is necessary.)
Indian Health Council
(Rincon Dental Clinic)
50100 Golsh Rd
Valley Center, 92082
(760) 749-1410
Any native American Fees according to tribe and location.
La Maestra Community Health Centers:
www.lamaestra.orgCity Heights
4060 Fairmount Ave.
San Diego, CA 92105
(619) 280-4213National City
217 Highland Avenue
National City, CA 91950
(619) 434-7308El Cajon
165 South First Street
El Cajon, CA 92019
(619) 312-0347

Lemon Grove
7967 Broadway Ave.
Lemon Grove, CA 91945
(619) 741-3045

All San Diego County residents. All ages. Sliding fees scale. Medi-Cal, Denti-Cal, CHDP, Healthy Families, Delta Dental and other insurance.
Logan Heights Family Health Centers of San Diego
1809 National Ave.
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 515-2394
2 ½ years and up, adults CMS Sliding fee scale. (Proof of income and address is necessary.) Denti-Cal, Healthy Families and other insurances.
Neighborhood Healthcare
10039B Vine Street
Lakeside, CA 92040
(619) 390-9135Escondido
425 N. Date St., Suite 129
Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 737-2018
1-18 years of age; adult CMS Sliding scale. Medi-Cal accepted for children. Denti-Cal, Delta Dental, cash payments.
North County Health Services
www.nchs-health.orgRamona Clinic
217 E. Earlham
Ramona, CA 92065
(760) 789-1223San Marcos Community Health Center
150 Valpreda Road
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 736-6767
All San Diego County residents 3 years of age and up. Denti-cal
Healthy Families
Sliding Fee scale based on ability to pay
Payment arrangements for emergency services
Operation Samahan Health Clinic
Mira Mesa
10737 Camino Ruiz, Suite 235
San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 578-4220Operation Samahan Health Center
2835 Highland Ave.
National City, CA 91950
(619) 474-5567
All San Diego County residents all ages Accepts Medi-Cal, CHDP. Adjusted fee scale available. Private Insurance – (Liberty Dental)
Share the Care
San Diego County Department of Health Services
P.O. Box 85222
San Diego, CA 92186
(619) 692-8858
Low-income children, ages 5-19, with no other dental resources who are refereed by a school nurse. Free of charge — emergency services only. Sliding scale and referral to Denti-Cal dentists also.
San Ysidro Health Care Center
4050 Beyer Blvd., 3rd Floor
San Ysidro, CA 92173South Bay Family Dental Clinic
2 North Euclid, Suite A,B,C
National City, CA 91950
(619) 662-4180
Babies, 3 years and up, and adults Sliding scale for those who qualify. Medi-Cal accepted. Healthy Families. Delta dental and access.
Southern Indian Health Council
4058 Willows Road
Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 445-118836350 Church Rd.
Campo, Ca 91906
(619) 478 2225 x700
Adults and Children’s Medical, Dental and Pharmacy Services Accepts most private insurance, Medi-Cal, Medicare, and CHDP
Southwestern College Dental Hygiene Program
880 National City Blvd.
National City, CA 91950
(619) 216-6663
All San Diego County residents — all ages who qualify as an educational experience for the student Free of Charge. Preventive Care only Free of Charge. Preventive Care only
Sycuan Indian Health/Dental Center
5442 Sycuan Road
El Cajon, CA 92019
(619) 445-0707 x3
Free services for any U.S.-born Native American. Must have Indian verification card and enrollment. Medi-Cal. Open to public. Most health insurance accepted. No sliding fee scale. PPO & DPO
Vista Community Clinic
1000 Vale Terrace, Suite #202
Vista, CA 92084
(760) 631-5000 x0
Must be a registered active patient of Vista Community Clinic Sliding fee, Medi-Cal, Healthy Families accepted.