The Access to Baby and Child Dentistry Program is a premiere example of public and private partners working together to address dental disease among Washington’s Medicaid-insured youngsters. Together, we’ve been able to efficiently and effectively leverage public-private resources, investing in a program that focuses on prevention and improving oral health for thousands of young children in our state.
Preston Cody, Director, Division of Healthcare Services, Washington Health Care Authority
ABCD ensures that our youngest and most vulnerable children have access to dental care that promotes good lifelong oral health habits and helps them avoid cavities, pain and high-cost dental interventions later in life.
ABCD is a successful public/private partnership of organizations and individuals who care deeply about the health and the future of our children. These partners:
- Recruit and train dentists to provide preventive care and treatment to Medicaid-enrolled children from birth to six.
- Work closely with community organizations to help identify young Medicaid-eligible children and remove any barriers that prevent low-income families from receiving dental care for their young children.
- Engage trained primary care medical providers to deliver oral health preventive services during well-child checks.