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A review of school-based dental sealant programs and the development of a statewide school-based dental sealant program manual in Pennsylvania

Burgess, Kaitlyn M (2015) A review of school-based dental sealant programs and the development of a statewide school-based dental sealant program manual in Pennsylvania. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Abstract

Background: Dental caries is the single most common chronic childhood disease. There is a disproportionately high level of dental caries experience in children from low-income families. Dental sealants have been proven to be effective at preventing caries development. Access to care is an enormous obstacle preventing necessary dental treatment such as dental sealants in school-aged children; school-based dental sealant programs (SBSPs) have been shown to minimize barriers to dental care, increase sealant use and decrease caries incidence. Although Pennsylvania has indicated the need to create dental public health interventions, no such statewide program has been developed for a SBSP. Public Health Relevance: Due to the high prevalence of untreated dental decay in school- aged children in Pennsylvania, a school-based sealant program is a feasible and needed way to increase sealant use and reduce dental caries incidence in children. This goal is in accordance with the benchmarks set out by Health People 2020. Proposed Intervention: This essay proposes developing a statewide school-based dental sealant program manual for use by counties across Pennsylvania.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Burgess, Kaitlyn Mkmb208@pitt.eduKMB208
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFinegold, David Ndnf@pitt.eduDNFUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberRubin, Richard Wrrubin@pitt.eduRRUBINUNSPECIFIED
Date: 6 April 2015
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Multidisciplinary MPH
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2015 20:02
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 13:59
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/24534

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