Good oral health is not just important for your teeth. Oral and dental health affect how you look, speak, eat, and socialize, as well as impacting your overall physical and mental health.
Unfortunately, dental care remains the top unmet healthcare need in Snohomish County.
The Snohomish Health District works to improve dental health in the community by:
- Maintaining a list of low-cost dental resources
- Supporting community water fluoridation
- Promoting access to low-cost dental care through the Dental Access Coalition
- Supporting school programs, such as dental sealants
- Assessing our community’s dental healthcare needs, such as through the SMILE Survey
- Providing oral health services to WIC clients
- Providing referrals to local oral health resources
Children's dental health
Tooth decay is the No. 1 chronic childhood health condition, and can have lifelong impacts on your child’s overall health. Childhood tooth decay:
- Is a significant chronic disease
- Impacts child health, development, self-esteem, and learning
- Affects low-income children more
- Is preventable and manageable
- Can be costly if untreated
Dentist services for low income kids
The Snohomish Health District’s Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD) program make sure children under age 6 get see a dentist. We help low income parents by:
- Encouraging dentists to participate in the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry program*
- Providing your child with access to a dentist
- Giving your child a great start in dental health by making sure all baby teeth are healthy
- Preventing your child from later experiencing the pain and discomfort of dental disease
- Providing education about dental health
Snohomish Health District WIC clients can ask to make an appointment with our dental hygienist during your next WIC visit.
* Dentists who are interested in learning more about the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry program should contact Cindy Larson at 425.339.8697 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ABCD dentists receive improved Medicaid reimbursement and receive special training.
Fluoridated water protects teeth
Fluoride exists naturally in virtually all water supplies. Water is said to be "fluoridated" when a public water system adjusts the fluoride levels to prevent tooth decay.
Most drinking water in Snohomish County is fluoridated, thanks to the City of Everett’s fluoridation efforts dating back to 1992. Community water fluoridation remains the most cost-effective method of delivering fluoride to an entire population at once.
The Snohomish Health District can provide expert resources to water districts on fluorides and community water fluoridation.