Participating ABCD dentists contribute to the health and well-being of their young patients and the larger community.

Since 1995, ABCD has trained more than 2,000 dentists, dental students, and pediatric dental residents to care for the oral health of young children using the University of Washington-developed ABCD curriculum. These dentists provide quality preventive care and treatment to Medicaid-enrolled children from birth to six. Participating providers receive enhanced fees through Medicaid for providing certain preventive and restorative procedures. And many are able to build their practices while helping their communities by serving those most in need.

Spotlight: Dental Champions

Paul Phillips, DDS, has been an ABCD Provider and Dental Champion since the early days of the ABCD program in Spokane. In addition to providing dental care to Medicaid-enrolled children, he also encourages other dentists in his region to accept eligible families. He works closely with his local ABCD Coordinator to make sure the community’s needs are met.

Dr. Paul sees giving back as a rewarding experience. When he isn’t serving ABCD-qualified children in his office, he is on the road with the SmileMobile, where he has volunteered for the past six years.