Dental disease is almost 100% preventable, yet
many children and adults throughout America still suffer from this
chronic condition. At DentaQuest, we believe this is unacceptable. We're 100% committed to improving oral health by making significant investments in research and outreach—all to improve the delivery of quality care to everyone, everywhere. Everything we do at DentaQuest brings us closer to a world free of dental disease.
DentaQuest Oral Health Center
Pioneering new preventive therapies
Recently named the American Dental Association's Adult Preventive
Care Practice of the Year, the DentaQuest Oral Health Center is
an innovative leader in evidence-based dentistry. This is where new
oral health therapies are quickly put into practice, long before most
dental offices are using them. Many prevention-focused protocols pioneered
and tested at the center are now covered by our benefits programs.
- Founded 11 years ago, the DentaQuest Oral Health Center is a
thriving dental office with 13,000 patients.
- The latest advancements in dental medicine are used here to
prevent and treat oral diseases—including therapies that can help
reverse early tooth decay.
- The center is home to several national research studies and
clinical trials for new prevention and treatment models—its findings
strengthen our dental benefits programs across the country.
Early Childhood Caries Program
Eliminating childhood dental disease
In 2008, the DentaQuest Institute teamed with Children's Hospital
in Boston and St. Joseph Hospital for Specialty Care in Providence
to develop a new program for children who were at risk for having
dental problems develop into extreme dental diseases, often resulting
in months of pain, anxiety, inhibited learning and, ultimately, costly
and difficult surgery in a hospital setting.
- Intervention by dentists is used to engage and educate the child's
parent or guardian and show them how to break the cycle that creates
the underlying disease process.
- A comfortable and accessible “dental home” is established for
families to turn to for oral healthcare—resulting in fewer complaints
of mouth pain, less need for surgery, and reduced cavity recurrence.
Dental Disease Management Initiative
Putting new science into practice
This initiative was created to close the gap between what oral health
professionals know about risk assessment and risk-based treatment planning,
and what is universally practiced. Along with helping dental care providers
target the unique health and social factors that contribute to a patient's
oral disease, the initiative provides guidelines to prioritize the most
effective and advanced prevention and treatment methods.
Dental Sealant Initiative
Preventing cavities in children
The DentaQuest Institute launched an initiative in 2010 to increase
the proportion of children from 6 to 8 years of age, and adolescents
from 12 to 14 years of age, who are treated with sealants at safety-net
dental practices. More than simply applying sealants (which greatly
reduce cavities among children), the protocol combines outreach, education,
ongoing oral healthcare, and follow-up tracking.