If you need urgent dental help, call 211 or 800-223-8145
Additionally, you can visit DentistLink or call 844-888-5465. DentistLink is a free service for anyone in Washington. It is open to Apple Health (Medicaid), uninsured, self-pay and people with insurance. A referral specialist can connect you to dental care.
Health District’s Goals
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:
- Assessing our community’s dental healthcare needs, such as through the SMILE Survey
- Maintaining a list of low-cost dental resources
- Promoting access to low-cost dental care through the Dental Access Coalition
- Providing referrals to local oral health resources
- Supporting community water fluoridation
- Supporting school programs, such as dental sealants
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:
- Affects low-income children more
- Can be costly if untreated
- Impacts child health, development, self-esteem, and learning
- Is preventable and manageable
- Is a significant chronic disease
Dentist Services for Low Income Kids
The Snohomish Health District’s Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD) program makes sure children under age 6 get to see a dentist. We help low income parents by:
- Encouraging dentists to participate in the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry program
- 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
- Providing your child with access to a dentist
Dentists who are interested in learning more about the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry program should contact Laura Nay at 425-339-5219 or email Laura Nay. ABCD dentists receive enhanced 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.