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Resources for dental care

Oral Health Watch does not provide dental care and cannot provide direct referrals.

To get connected to a dental provider that accepts Apple Health (Medicaid) visit DentistLink.org.

The Access to Baby and Child Dentistry program (ABCD) provides to dental care for Medicaid-eligible children from birth to six years. Thirty-seven counties throughout Washington offer ABCD programs. To find out if your community has an ABCD program, visit the ABCD website or call Within Reach at (800) 322-2588 or visit www.parenthelp123.org. Within Reach can also provide information about free or low-cost health insurance, nutrition, dental resources and health services for families.

The Geriatric Dental Group provides dental care for patients 55 and over and patients of any age requiring wheelchair access.

Smilemobile a modern dental clinic on wheels brings dental services directly to children and pregnant women who may not otherwise have access to care.  Call 1.888.286.9105 to see if the SmileMobile is in your community and schedule an appointment.

Additional oral health information

  • Kids Oral Health: is a website for families to learn about how to protect their children’s oral heath.
  • Children’s Dental Health Project: The Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP) works to create and advance innovative policy solutions to achieve oral health for all children.  In collaboration with oral health and child health advocates and policymakers, CDHP seeks solutions to prevent childhood tooth decay, because cavities are the result of a disease that is overwhelmingly preventable.  Using the best best available evidence-based research, CDHP engages key players at every level to address the ongoing inequities in oral health and to implement the most cost-effective solutions.


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Make your voice heard for immigrant families

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Op-ed: Equity requires retaining dental coverage

State of Reform •

Policymakers in Olympia confronting the financial damage caused by COVID-19 have some difficult decisions to make…Yet, it would be a huge mistake to cut essential health care safety net programs for people who are the most vulnerable and are already experiencing health inequities.