A child's smile says the same thing in any language

Our Mission and Services
Since 1919, Children's Dental Services (CDS) is dedicated to improving the oral health of children from families with low incomes by providing accessible treatment and education to our diverse community. CDS provides a full range of dental services to children from birth until age twenty-one and to pregnant women. CDS' hours are:  Monday, Thursday, Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. and
Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Additionally, CDS is open every Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

CDS Contact Information:

Phone Number: 612-746-1530

(toll free)  1- 866-543-6009

*a staff directory with extensions will follow language choices*

Fax Number: 612-746-1531

CDS is always looking for passionate and skilled individuals with an interest in public health. For more details, please click the link below.

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The Children's Year Program, a national campaign carried out in 1918, furnished Minneapolis with an entirely new viewpoint concerning its children.

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Exciting News at CDS:


"Crunch" visited three of CDS locations: MN State Academy for the Blind in Faribault, S.G. Reinertsen Elementary in Moorhead, and Laura MacArthur Elementary in Duluth. In partnership with Delta Dental of Minnesota "Crunch" taught kids how to "crunch their bad dental habits". Click the links below to see more!

"Crunch" Press Release

Northland News Story & Video: "Crunch" visits Duluth!


CDS employs the first dental therapist in Minnesota, Christy Jo Fogarty, who is helping to expand restorative care to hundreds of children and pregnant women! In February, 2013, Fogarty became the first Advanced Dental Therapist in the lower 48 states! Click on the link below to see her recent story in the Star Tribune!

Christy Jo Fogarty Becomes Nation's First ADT!

Click on Christy Jo Fogarty's picture below to watch PBS Frontline's special, "Dollars and Dentists" which features Fogarty discussing how she helps improve access to dental care in Minnesota.


CDS recently purchased an additional clinic and administrative facility at 728 East Hennepin Avenue!  More details to come about our grand opening.


CDS kicks off services in International Falls for

the 2012-2013 school year!

Watch Northland's News Center Coverage of the Kick Off!



CDS, in partnership with Delta Dental of MN, Greater Twin Cities United Way, and ECHO TV produced an educational video about good oral health habits for children which aired on Minnesota Public Television.

Watch this video in four languages below!


**In 2009, CDS celebrated its 90th anniversary!

**Children's Dental Services is pleased to provide care in partnership with Smiles Across Minnesota in the Twin Cities, Duluth, Faribault, the Iron Range, the St. Cloud region, the International Falls region, and the Fargo/Moorhead region; through this important initiative in partnership with Oral Health America, Delta Dental, United Way, 3M and others thousands of low-income children are receiving access to

comprehensive dental care.


  • CDS is the proud recipient of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Mission Innovations Award in 2006 for its portable care program. Watch the YouTube Video to learn more!
  • CDS' Executive Director, Sarah Wovcha, is the 2007 recipient of the Betty Hubbard Maternal and Child Health Leadership Award.
  • In 2008, CDS was awarded the Governor's Green Award which includes recognition of its energy efficient lighting, increased insulation, natural flooring, no VOC paint, raingarden, white reflective roof, solar panels, and rainbarrels.



About Children's Dental Services
Children's Dental Services can help your child keep the smile that good health and good feelings bring. Healthy teeth and gums are essential for your child's well being. CDS offers you an affordable way to get the dental health care your child needs, at times and places that work for you.

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Fundraising Opportunities CDS is a nonprofit corporation and is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to CDS are tax deductible and CDS is exempt from sales and use tax under Minnesota law. If you would like more information on how you can help CDS, please call Sarah Wovcha at 612-746-1530, ext. 204. Click the button below to make a monetary donation and help meet the oral health needs of underserved children and pregnant women in Minnesota.


New Patients

CDS is always accepting new patients at all of our over three-hundred sites. Services provided only to children attending specific institutions are indicated in red on the location list. Click on the location to retrieve site name and a transportation map for that site.

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