Module 5: Operating Effective Programs
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Please Note: This curriculum was developed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and may not reflect current guidance for materials, procedures, and infection control.

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5.2 Quality Assurance

Quality assessment for school-based dental sealant programs is the process of evaluating them to ensure that they are meeting the goal of efficiently applying high-quality dental sealants to the teeth of children at high risk for dental caries. Program operations should be compared to measures of good performance. Performance benchmarks are specific numerical points of reference for measuring program performance. Benchmarks for ODH-funded sealant programs can be found in Benchmarks and Performance Standards.

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Quality cannot be ensured by simply assessing performance; it also requires action to correct any deficits identified.

Clinical Quality

Because resin-based sealants should be effective for as long as they are retained, measuring sealant retention is a proxy for assessing clinical quality. Detailed information on how to assess sealants for retention and how to conduct short-and long-term retention checks can be found in Sealant Retention Evaluation.