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).