255001 Sealant therapy as a HEDIS measurement

Monday, October 29, 2012

Kim Hoa Lam, DDS , Department of Orthodontics and Pediatrics, Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, Stony Brook, NY
Fred Ferguson, DDS , Department of Orthodontics and Pediatrics, Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, Stony Brook, NY
Joan Waldron, DDS, MPA , Dental Management, EmblemHealth, New York, NY
The most common chronic illness facing America's youth today is dental caries. The significant component of which is pit and fissure caries which, if left untreated, can result in costly definitive dental services, emergency room care, and hospital admissions for management of dental alveolar infections, continued need for retreatment, malocclusion, and tooth loss, all of which can negatively impact self-esteem and performance in school or the work place. Such repercussions strongly support the need for sealant therapy, which is an effective and cost efficient preventative measure. With the placement of dental sealant, the incidence of caries is reduced to over 50% and the estimated 10 year survival probability of sealants is 87%. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that Health Effectiveness Data Information Set (HEDIS) should incorporate sealant therapy of first and second adult molars at targeted ages of 5-8 and 10-12 years, as it would benefit both oral and psychological wellness as well as prove cost-effective for the healthcare system.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Assess the prevalence of dental caries and its psychological, social, physical, and costly repercussions if left untreated Analyze the cost-efficient and effectiveness of sealant therapy in the prevention of dental caries Discuss the impact of establishing sealant therapy on first and second permanent molars a Health Effectiveness Data Information Set (HEDIS) measurement for children, ages 5-8 and 10-12

Keywords: Oral Health Needs, Oral Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As a pediatric dental resident and practitioner, I have seen and treated the devastating effects of caries on permanent molars in young patients as a result of no sealant therapy. My research interests include the effectiveness of dental sealants in the prevention of caries and oral sedation among pediatric patients.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.