Baby and Child Dentistry

BABY TEETH MATTER

Babies need their first dental check-up by their first birthday. 

Tooth decay is the most common chronic health problem among children. Cavities in baby teeth hurt and can limit a child’s ability to:

  • Eat
  • Sleep
  • Talk
  • Play

Left untreated, dental decay in baby teeth can affect a child’s learning and development and can cause serious health problems and infections.

Childhood dental decay is preventable and manageable. Starting a dental care routine when a child is young sets them up for a lifetime of good health!

FIND A DENTIST FOR YOUR CHILD

ACCESS to baby & child dentistry (ABCD) program

Children insured by Medicaid (Apple Health) are eligible for free dental checkups, fluoride treatments, and fillings. The Snohomish Health District’s Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD) program makes sure children under age 6 insured by Medicaid (Apple Health) get to see a dentist who is trained to work with babies and children. 

We can help by:

  • Connecting your child with a dentist in your area who accepts Medicaid (Apple Health)
  • Answering your questions about how to take care of your child’s teeth
  • Helping with appointment scheduling, childcare, transportation, or other barriers to care

To access these services, please contact Laura Nay, the Snohomish County ABCD Coordinator, at 425-339-5219 or email dentalinfo@snohd.org.

ABCD Brochure (PDF): English | Spanish

To find a dentist for anyone over the age of 5, visit the Find a Dentist webpage.

resources

children with special needs

Washington State Dental Association Special Needs Directory (external link)

University of Washington School of Dentistry Resources for Patients with Special Needs (external link)

ORAL HEALTH CARE FOR CHILDREN

The Mighty Mouth Campaign (external link)

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (external link)

CDC Children’s Oral Health (external link)

Oral Health Brochure - Birth to 6 Months (PDF): English | Spanish | Russian | Arabic

Oral Health Brochure - 6 Months to 1 Year (PDF): English | Spanish | Russian | Arabic 

Oral Health Brochure - 1 to 2 Years (PDF): English | Spanish | Russian | Arabic

Oral Health Brochure - 2 to 3 Years (PDF): English | Spanish | Russian | Arabic 

Oral Health and Pregnant Women (PDF): English | Spanish | Russian | Somali | Vietnamese

Drinks for Kids Sugar Content (PDF): English 

Nutrition Labels with Circles (PDF): English

Oral Health and Teething Pain (PDF): English

Oral Health and the Pacifier (PDF): English

Oral Health and Xylitol (PDF): English