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Children's Dental Health Network

Kern County Superintendent of Schools
Kern County Children’s Dental Health Network

The Kern County Children’s Dental Health Network (KCCDHN) began providing dental services for Kern County children in December, 2000. The program was developed as a partnership between the Kern County Superintendent of Schools and West Kern Community College District (Taft College Dental Hygiene Program). The program is funded by First 5-Kern (Proposition 10). The primary goal of the mobile school-based dental program is to decrease the amount of decay in children, 1-5 years of age by improving access to dental services.

The dental services are provided by a cadre of KCCDHN staff including Stacy Eastman, DDS, 3 local pediatric dentists, Daniel Purdy DMD; Robert Bang DDS; and 4 Dental Hygienists in Alternative Practice; and 20 second-year dental hygiene students from Taft College Dental Hygiene Program and KCSOS coordination and support staff.

The dental hygiene students provide the preventive services at a school site, under the direction of Stacy Eastman DDS. Their services include chairside oral health education, an oral screening, a plaque index, a prophylaxis, application of fluoride, and sealants. Children who are identified as needing further treatment are then provided the opportunity to be treated by one of the local subcontracted pediatric dentists, Dr. Purdy DDS, Dr. Bang DDS in their respective offices. There are no fees for any of the dental services provided.


Kern County Children’s Dental Health Network
1800 30th Street, Ste. #230
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Tel: 661.377.0322 or 661.377.0323
Fax: 661.377.0329

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Locate a Dentist for your Child

Finding the right dentist for your child is an important step in good oral health care.

The Kern County Children’s Dental Health Network has opened a dental referral service for children. Parents and guardians can call Barbara Antongiovanni at 661-377-0328 to locate a dentist based on their child’s needs, languages spoken, days of operation and transportation availability. The KCCDHN staff also welcomes everyone to visit their location at 1800 30th Street, Suite 23, in Bakersfield.

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