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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Key Points

  • To be effective, school-based dental sealants must (1) provide high-quality sealants with good retention rates, (2) serve children at higher risk for dental caries, and (3) apply sealants efficiently, so that as many children as possible receive sealants.
  • For programs, the objective of targeting is to provide sealants to the largest possible number of children at higher risk for dental caries.
  • Making a program more efficient results in more children receiving sealants each day, which in turn leads to completing a school in fewer days and serving more schools during a school year.
  • Quality assessment for programs is the process of evaluating them to ensure that they are meeting the goal of efficiently applying high-quality sealants to the teeth of children at higher risk for dental caries.
  • When designing a program, it is important to know about requirements specified in the state’s dental practice act and rules and regulations.
  • A large proportion of children at schools with sealant programs are expected to be Medicaid beneficiaries.
  • ODH sets requirements and monitors the compliance of the programs it funds.
  • ODH conducts both comprehensive and focused site reviews.