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Numerator

Number of adolescents aged 13 to 15 years with a clinical confirmation of dental sealants applied to one or more 1st permanent molars and one or more 2nd permanent molars

Denominator

Number of adolescents aged 13 to 15 with at least one permanent first molar and one permanent second molar and valid sealant codes for at least one permanent first molar and one permanent 2nd molar

Methodology

This objective is tracked using the Oral Health Examination component of the Continuous National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, collected since 1999. The measurement protocol has been described. A description of the clinical protocol used to confirm evidence of protective dental sealants has been published by NCHS. The teeth included in the measurement protocol for each age group differ. For ages 3 to 5, primary molars are included – due to eruption patterns, this includes 1st and 2nd primary molars For ages 6 to 9, only first permanent molars are tracked. For ages 13 to 15, both 1st and 2nd permanent molars are tracked, and to be included in the numerator sealants must be present on both a 1st molar and on a 2nd molar.

References

Dye BA, Barker, LK, Selwitz RH, Lewis BG, Wu T, Fryar CD, et al. Overview and quality assurance for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) oral health component, 1999–2002. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 35:140–51. 2007.

Klein, R.J.; Proctor, S.E.; Boudreault, M.A.; Turczyn, K.M. Healthy People 2010 Criteria for Data Suppression. Statistical Notes No. 24. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2002.

Vargas, C.; Schober, S.; and Gift, H. Operational definitions for year 2000 objectives: Priority area 13, Oral Health. Healthy People 2000 Statistical Notes, No. 12. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), 1997.

Interventions

Preventing Dental Caries: School-based or -linked Sealant Delivery Programs

These programs provide direct delivery of dental sealants to children in school-based or school-linked (clinic or private practice) settings.