Key Points

  • To be effective, school-based dental sealant programs must (1) serve children at high risk for dental caries, (2), provide high-quality dental sealants with good retention rates, and (3) apply dental 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 high 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 dental sealants to the teeth of children at high risk for dental caries.
  • When designing a program, it is important to know the requirements specified in the state’s dental practice act and rules and regulations.
  • A large proportion of children that Maryland’s dental sealant programs serve are expected to be Medicaid beneficiaries.
  • OOH requires the programs it funds to submit quarterly reports and conducts site visits with three to five programs per year.