Oral Health

Providing support to children and adults in need of dental services.

Program Overview

The Spokane Regional Health District Oral Health Program assists individuals and families in need of dental services. Many things can affect a person’s ability to get good dental care including the following:

  • Limited access to dental services
  • Lack of awareness about the need for care
  • Cost
  • Fear of dental procedures

For those who do not have access to dental insurance, covering the costs of dental visits can be much harder and may result in a decision to avoid going to the dentist. Certain disabilities and health conditions, like diabetes can increase dental health problems, causing additional damage to teeth and overall oral health. There are cost-saving options available for those seeking assistance with dental health care. Learn more about dental care options for children and adults.


Understanding Diabetes & Oral Health

Living with diabetes can be complicated as the disease affects many parts of the body, including the mouth. Fortunately, when following a good oral health regime, it’s possible to offset the effects of—and better manage—diabetes.

People experiencing diabetes are at a higher risk for gum problems, including infections, because of poor blood sugar control. As with all infections, serious gum disease may cause blood sugar to rise, which makes diabetes harder to control. Since individuals living with diabetes are more susceptible to infections, they are less able to fight bacteria invading the gums. Visit mightymouth.org to learn more about diabetes and oral health.


Maternal Oral Health

Ready for your new bundle of joy? Remember to schedule a dentist appointment before your baby arrives.

Dental visits are safe and important before, during and after pregnancy. Expectant moms should see their dental health provider to ensure their mouths are healthy prior to birth. A bad tooth or gum infection can spread throughout your body leading to serious health problems and pregnancy complication. Following birth, you can pass cavity-causing germs to your baby by sharing utensils, putting baby’s pacifier in your mouth, or even kissing.

Need help finding a dentist? Call 509.324.1478 for assistance.

Check out Health Mom, Happy Home: A new mom's guide to babying your teeth and mouth.


Spokane Regional Health District's Oral Health programis funded with Washington Health Care Authority’s Apple Health (Medicaid) Program and Local Capacity Development Funds. The Dental Health program works with outside agencies like the Department of Health, WIC Nutrition program, ARCORA Foundation—formerly known as Washington Dental Service Foundation and University of Washington to carry out its mission. The Oral Health program leads the Oral Health Coalition which includes several key community partners.

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Data and Reports

Providing regular, updated data on the health of Spokane County's population and our region is a core function of Spokane Regional Health District. Check out our data and reports here.

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Local Dental Health Services

Local assistance for those needing dental health services. Learn more at spokanecares.org.

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