Dentist with young girl, showing her how to brush teddy bear's teethThe evidence is clear:
ABCD works

  • ABCD is successfully increasing the number of children who receive care before their second birthday. In 2016, more than 39,000 children under age 2 (32.2 percent of eligible children), received dental services (Washington Health Care Authority FY2016 data). When the program was initiated in 1997, only 3 percent of eligible infants and toddlers received dental care.
  • ABCD patients are more likely to seek care before oral health problems arise
  • Providers who have received ABCD training and participate in the program are more comfortable seeing young children and have a highly favorable view of the program.

In addition, nationally published research has clearly demonstrated that early preventive oral health care like ABCD can substantially reduce future dental care costs. ABCD has been shown to be a cost-effective method of improving the oral health of Medicaid-insured young children. Here are just a few of the research studies and articles that document the impact of ABCD:

Improving Dental Care for Medicaid-Insured Children in Washington State
The Pew Center on the States, 2010

Making a Difference with ABCD
Inside Dentistry, 2007

The effectiveness and estimated costs of the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry program in Washington state
Journal of American Dental Association, 2005

The ABCDs of Treating the Most Prevalent Childhood Disease
American Journal of Public Health, 2005