Dental health matters
Good oral health is not just important for your teeth. Oral and dental health affect how you 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 oral health in the community by:
- Maintaining a list of low-cost dental resources
- Providing education and referrals through the Access to Baby & Child Dentistry Program (ABCD)
- Collaborating with community partners on the Dental Access Coalition
- Assessing our community’s dental healthcare needs, such as through the SMILE Survey
- Supporting community water fluoridation
- Supporting school-based programs, such as dental sealants
DENTAL ACCESS COALITION
water fluoridation in snohomish county
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.
To learn more about water fluoridation in Washington, visit www.washingtonwaterfluoridation.org