Child being examined with a tongue depressorResults

The program’s resilience is a tribute to its solid results and efficient public-private financing model
The Pew Center on the States, June 2010

Through prevention and early intervention, the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD) Program reduces the need for costly treatment.  A few results that demonstrate the impact of  ABCD:

Increased utilization: Over the last fifteen years, the rate of Medicaid insured children under age 6 receiving dental has more than doubled, from 22 percent to over 50 percent, and children are being seen earlier before disease starts.

Progress in improving oral health outcomes for children: Washington’s 2010 Smile Survey shows that the rate of untreated decay among low-income preschoolers was cut in half over the last five years, from 26 percent in 2005 to 13 percent in 2010.

Cost savings: Prevention efforts save nearly $525 per child over five years in projected treatment costs.

ABCD has accomplished these results with your help and that of a broad-based public private partnership that includes:

  • Community leaders
  • Dental societies
  • Early childhood advocates and agencies
  • Community and regional foundations
  • United Ways and service organizations
  • Almost 1,400 private practice dentists across the state, with ABCD being the catalyst for many dentists’ participation in Medicaid.