Last week oral health professional from across the country came together in Denver, Colorado for the DentaQuest Institute Early Childhood Caries (ECC) Collaborative Learning Session. Collaborative participants engaged in discussions on topics such as Using Data for Improvement, Engaging the Entire Care Team, Other Modalities to Remineralize Caries, Interim Therapeutic Restorations (ITR) and Sealants, Quality Improvement Implementation and Spread, and Effective Communication and Motivational Interviewing. Attending the learning session were over 80 oral health professionals from 32 hospitals, community health centers, and private practices in 17 states.
The ECC Collaborative is an 18 month learning collaborative focused on reducing operating room utilization and reducing dental caries in young children ages 0-5. Participating sites have formed committed improvement teams that work to adopt a comprehensive disease management protocol that includes a caries risk assessment, effective communication with parents and patients, self-management goals, and recall intervals based on caries risk. Teams use quality improvement methodology to test and implement small changes to accelerate adoption of this disease management approach to ultimately achieve better outcomes for children.