1.3 Principles of Programs Funded by the Office of Oral Health

Operating Efficiently

Programs should place dental sealants in the least expensive and most productive manner possible while delivering a high-quality product. Experienced program teams can generally provide sealants for 15 or more children per day, and some report providing sealants for over 20 children per day. Programs are designed to maximize productivity while minimizing cost.

Ensuring Quality

OOH adheres to the following standards to ensure quality:

  • Provide information about sealants and sealant programs to OOH-funded programs to keep them abreast of the state of the science.
  • Set evidence-based standards for both program design and clinical operations.
  • Communicate standards, guidelines, and program performance expectations to OOH-funded programs.
  • Maintain a system for reporting by programs (see module 5).
    • OOH-funded programs report to OOH quarterly by e-mailing the dental sealant reporting form (an Adobe spreadsheet designed by OOH’s epidemiologist).
    • OOH compiles program reports using the internal Grant Program Management System. The Dental Sealant Program Manager evaluates program performance against standards, guidelines, and performance expectations through a review of program reports and other methods, including site visits, as appropriate.
  • Host an annual dental sealant meeting with all jurisdictions to discuss statewide and local enablers and barriers and to identify best practices.
  • As needed, directly provide or approve plans to provide technical assistance that programs need to meet performance expectations or otherwise improve their operations.
  • Analyze quarterly reports and child survey data to assess the impact of school-based dental sealant programs.