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NNOHA is the largest group of safety-net oral health practitioners in the country, and our members all share a commitment to increasing access to quality oral health care for underserved populations. NNOHA is committed to providing the highest quality resources and support designed to meet the unique needs of our members and their programs.
NNOHA has submitted a comment to HRSA on the proposed UDS sealant measure change. This comment reflects feedback from a variety of resources, including the NNOHA Board of Directors and the deep expertise of NNOHA’s Quality Workgroup. NNOHA feels strongly that providing a comment with specific feedback is a function that NNOHA serves on behalf of our membership and community health centers across the country. The drafted comment reflects a strategic choice to express an expert opinion while also allowing NNOHA to serve as an active partner to HRSA in supporting their work to improve measurement and other stated goals. NNOHA’s Comment to HRSA Children living in poverty are almost twice as likely to have developed caries in their permanent teeth as children from higher income families, but only about 20 percent of low income children have received sealants. Studies have demonstrated that sealants are effective in reducing caries experience, thereby reducing the need for treatment. School based programs provide access to this important preventative measure for children who are the most high risk. NNOHA supports multiple models of sealant placement, including the evidence-based practice where dental hygienists are able to place sealants without a dentist’s prior exam, which reduces cost and minimizes lost school times. Click below for NNOHA’s full policy statement on dental sealants. NNOHA’s Policy Statement These resources provide important information on dental sealants and how states can expand access to this important preventative effort.