Access to Baby & Child Dentistry

The Mission of the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD) Program is to connect babies and children to a permanent dental home. The child can be seen every six months, which helps in the early detection of dental caries or other concerns. 

Celebrating 20 years of improving oral health across Washington! 

ABCD focuses on preventive and restorative dental care for Apple Health (Medicaid-eligible) children from birth up to age six, with an emphasis on accessing dental care by age one. ABCD ensures that our youngest and most vulnerable children have access to dental care that promotes lifelong oral health habits. 



  • Birth up to the 6th birthday OR Children ages 0-13 with a Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Indicator
  • Enrolled in Apple Health (Medicaid Insurance)
  • Lives in Washington State

  • Dental Exams every 6 months
  • Family Oral Health Education
  • Fluoride Varnish
  • Restorative care as needed.
  • No cost to families
How ABCD can help

  • Help with finding an ABCD certified dentist.
  • Arrange transportation to and from the dental office.
  • Assist in scheduling dental appointment.
  • Work with the dental office to assure you have interpreter services. 

Program Contact

Jessalyn Waring Bruce, Shelby Gould, and ABCD Coordinators for Columbia, and Whitman Counties, lead the ABCD Coalition with dental providers, community partners in outreach & referral and early learning partners, to improve oral health care and greater access to dental care in these communities. 

Walla Walla County:

Jessalyn Waring Bruce

Shelby Gould 

Monday – Friday   8a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00- 5:00 p.m.

Columbia County:

Estasia Collins, LPN

Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Whitman County:

Malisa Mccabe

Monday- Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.