With proper care, you can have healthy teeth throughout your life. Public Health's Oral Health Program provides information to help you keep a healthy smile and lower your risk of dental disease. The Mighty Mouth has tips for new moms and care for their baby's teeth.
The Access to Baby & Child Dentistry (ABCD) program offers preventive dental care for children on Apple Health (Medicaid–eligible) from birth through age 5. The program emphasizes early enrollment and their first visit to a dentist by age 1. Every child deserves healthy teeth!
Preventing tooth decay
There are a number of low-cost ways you can help prevent tooth decay, including teaching your child how to brush their teeth/Refresque Sus Conocimientos sobre Dientes Sanos. Parents should help their child with brushing their teeth until they are between 6 to 8 years old. Remember to brush your teeth for two minutes, two times a day.
Talk to your dentist about using sealants on your child’s teeth
Dental sealants are thin plastic-like materials painted on chewing surfaces of molars and premolars to "seal out" germs and food that cause decay and destroy teeth. Sealants are effective, safe, easy to apply, long-lasting and cost effective.
Deep grooves in a molar trap food. Most cavities occur in these narrow pits and grooves of newly erupted teeth. A sealant protects the tooth from decay. The Mighty Mouth website has more information about sealants.
Deep grooves in a molar traps food. Most cavities occur in these narrow pits and grooves of newly erupted teeth.
Sealant protecting tooth from decay.
Dental Sealant Information for Parents - fact sheet
Follow the Centers for Disease Control’s fluoride recommendations
Fluoride is a natural mineral that is a safe and effective way to prevent tooth decay. CDC's fluoride recommendations.
Medicaid and Low-cost care providers
View a list of Medicaid and low-cost dental care providers who offer low fees or reduced fees based on income, or accept Apple Health (WA Medicaid). This list does not imply approval nor does omission imply disapproval.
Dentist Link is a free service that helps people to find a dentist.