Access to Baby & Child Dentistry (ABCD) Program

Dental Health

Any child who has Apple Health (Medicaid) benefits is eligible for the ABCD Program through age five.


Over 100 dentists in Spokane County are certified to participate in the ABCD program. Program staff work closely with these dentists, providing case management with ABCD parents, and technical assistance on ABCD program administration. For additional information, see our state-wide website.

If your child has Apple Health (Medicaid), he/she is eligible to receive the following:

  • Fluoride varnish applications
  • Dental examinations
  • Parent education sessions
  • Restorative care as needed

ABCD program at Spokane Regional Health District is funded by the Washington State Health Care Authority and ARCORA Foundation.

First Dental Visit

Baby teeth are important! Baby teeth are needed for good nutrition, important for pronunciation and language development, maintain space for permanent teeth and help with a positive self-image. American Dental Association (ADA) recommends children see a dentist by first tooth or first birthday.

Children enrolled in ABCD program


Of parents reported that their child had visited a dentist at least yearly.

Children who participate in the ABCD program:

  • Are more likely to receive care before oral health problems arise.
  • Are more likely to have their first dental visit before age 2.
  • Have the opportunity to receive dental care from one of 150 ABCD certified dentists in Spokane County.

Healthy snacks for healthy teeth!

Keep healthy snacks handy. Offer children fresh fruit, veggies, cheese, yogurt and lots of water. Help your child get in the habit of brushing their teeth after meals or twice a day.

“"ABCD emphasizes early intervention, prevention, education and comprehensive care." ”

The goal of ABCD is to reduce the extent of disparities in dental health for Washington’s young children by decreasing dental disease rates with early access to preventative dental care.

The Basics of Baby Dental Care

Learn how to make sure your baby has good dental health!

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Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Nutrition Program

WIC has an extraordinary record of preventing children’s health problems and improving growth and development. Locally, the health district supports this vision by offering WIC services in several convenient locations.

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Nurse-Family Partnership

Free program for women who are pregnant with their first baby. Enrolled moms are connected to a registered nurse who provides the support, advice and information needed to have a healthy pregnancy and be a great mom.

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