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

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 sixteen years, the rate of Apple Health (Medicaid) eligible children under age 6 receiving dental has more than doubled, from 22 percent to 52.1 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,  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
  • More than 2,000 private practice dentists across the state, with ABCD being the catalyst for many dentists’ participation in Apple Health (Medicaid).