Access to Dental Care
Oral health screenings are essential for your child. Your baby should have an oral health checkup by a dentist or doctor by their first birthday—and at least annually.
There are many places where you can get oral health care for your child, and you may be able to get help paying for it too! Ask your family’s dentist or your baby’s doctor to check your baby’s teeth. Many doctors have been trained to provide infant and toddler oral screenings. Ask your baby’s doctor if he or she includes oral health services as part of well-child visits.
Finding and Paying for Dental Care
Delta Dental of Washington
If you are eligible for dental benefits with Delta Dental of Washington, your child may also be eligible for Delta Dental of Washington benefits. Sign your child up at birth or before three months. Just contact your human resources department at work to enroll your baby in your dental benefits plan. If your child is older than 3 months, enroll them at your next open-enrollment period. Delta Dental of Washington will pay dentists and doctors for delivering early oral care to enrolled infants and toddlers.
Medicaid’s Apple Health for Kids
If your child is enrolled in Medicaid’s Apple Health for Kids, he or she has dental coverage that includes preventive and restorative care. Medicaid will pay dentists and doctors for delivering early oral care to infants and toddlers. Click here to open the Apple Health for Kids web page.
The Access to Baby and Child Dentistry Program (ABCD)
This program links Medicaid-enrolled children from birth to 6 years to local dentists. Most counties in Washington offer ABCD programs. Click here to download a PDF file with a list of communities that have ABCD programs.
If your employer offers dental benefits, ask your human resources department if oral health services are covered for your child.
Many dentists and doctors accept direct payment for delivering oral health services if your child does not have dental benefits. Community health center dental clinics may charge reduced rates, depending on your financial situation. Click here to download a PDF file with a list of community health center dental clinic in your area.
For help finding a dentist in your community, visit www.DeltaDentalWa.com/BabyTeeth.