Access to Baby & Child Dentistry (ABCD)


Give your child’s teeth a healthy start.

What is Access to Baby & Child Dentistry?

Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD) is a system of care in Washington state. It connects Apple Health (Medicaid) insured children from birth up to age six with specially-trained dentists in their communities.

It’s important that young children get care early. A child with dental disease may have oral health problems throughout life. Cavities can be painful and interfere with your child’s ability to focus and learn in school, eat, speak and even play. Yet, cavities are almost entirely preventable. And prevention saves money, too!

ABCD Services

ABCD connects your child with a dentist who knows how to work with young children for:

  • dental check-ups
  • cleanings
  • fluoride varnish to protect baby teeth
  • fillings and other treatment as needed
  • family oral health
  • education about nutrition
  • home care for your
  • child’s oral health

Baby Teeth Matter

They help babies, toddlers and preschoolers eat and speak clearly. And they save space for adult teeth, too! Babies need their first check-up by the first birthday. Baby teeth can start coming in as early as six months.


Your child may be eligible for the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry Program (ABCD) if they:

  • are between birth and age 6
  • receive Apple Health (Medicaid) benefits
  • and live in Washington state

Find an ABCD Dentist

Reach out to your local ABCD Coordinator for more information. Or visit to find an ABCD dentist, as well as dental care for other family members.

Klickitat County Public Health (White Salmon Office)
501 NE Washington, White Salmon, WA 98672
Phone: 509-493-1558
ABCD Coordinator: Athena Miller, RN

Our Local ABCD Dentists

A Kidz Dental Zone
1935 E 19th St. Suite 200, The Dalles, OR
(541) 296-8901

A Kidz Dental Zone
419 State St. Suite 4, Hood River, OR
(541) 387-8688