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MCNA Dental joins with the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Dentistry and the statewide dental community to ensure that when school is out, sealants are in. MCNA Dental's Summer Sealant Campaign is driving forward to success in preventing dental decay in children through increased placement of dental sealants on the permanent molars of enrollees in the Louisiana Medicaid Dental Program during summer checkups. Sealant Saturday events held by MCNA Dental in partnership with LSU open dental clinic doors outside of normal business hours to provide access to sealants and preventive care for children who do not have an established dental home.
"Early childhood oral disease is entirely preventable. MCNA Dental was founded on the principles of prevention and of quality oral health care for all," said Dr. Jeffrey Feingold, MCNA Dental's founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer. "I am proud of MCNA Dental's powerful partnership with LSU and the success of the Summer Sealant Campaign, and excited to continue working with Louisiana's dental community to host innovative events like our Sealant Saturdays. Together, we will ensure that dental sealants are more fully utilized across the state."
MCNA Dental fully supports recent recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Dental Association (ADA) calling for an increase in the utilization of dental sealants on the primary and permanent molars of children and adolescents. A recent joint report published by the AAPD and the ADA states that children with sealants are up to 80% less prone to cavities than those without them.
Dr. Philip Hunke, Past-President of the AAPD and Plan President of MCNA Dental in Texas, joins MCNA Dental's founder and CEO, Dr. Jeffrey Feingold, in taking action to align the company's network of dental providers with updated AAPD guidelines for dental sealants through ongoing provider education and innovative programs like the Summer Sealant Campaign. The campaign uses targeted, direct outreach to members to encourage increased utilization of sealants and other key preventive services.
"The message from both the ADA and AAPD is clear. Dental sealants are a safe and highly effective defense against the development of cavities and dental decay, and MCNA Dental is committed to increasing their use across our entire network of dental providers,"said Dr. Hunke. "Our prevention-focused dental sealant program is helping MCNA Dental reach more of Louisiana's children who are at risk for childhood dental disease and help them avoid the pain, trauma, and missed school hours that cavities and decay cause."
MCNA Dental's Summer Sealant Campaign is another example of MCNA's alignment with the National Quality Strategy (NQS) for Improvement in Health Care. The NQS was developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on behalf on the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Summer Sealant Campaign touches all three Aims within the NQS:
- Better Care: Improve the overall quality, by making health care more patient-centered, reliable, accessible, and safe.
- Healthy People/Healthy Communities: Improve the health of the U.S. population by supporting proven interventions to address behavioral, social, and environmental determinants of health in addition to delivering higher quality of care.
- Affordable Care: Reduce the cost of quality health care for individuals, families, employers, and government.