Dental Caries Management (DCM) Efforts (6-20 yrs. old)


The current care model used to treat dental caries in patients six to twenty years of age relies almost exclusively on surgical interventions. However, restorative care alone does not address the underlying social, behavioral, microbiological, and physiological factors which play a major role in the etiology of the disease. Since dental caries usually continues to affect patients throughout life, the cost of managing the disease continues to increase as patients get older. In order to effectively prevent, manage and treat dental caries, DentaQuest embarked to expand its ECC Management efforts for older kids.

Dental Caries Management (DCM) Collaborative

The Dental Caries Management (DCM) Collaborative focused on developing and testing a chronic disease management protocol for children and adolescents (6-20 yrs. old).

This collaborative brought together 15 teams from across the country for an 18-month Collaborative focused on practice improvement. Starting in March 2015, teams gathered to learn and plan changes to test, and then return to their practices to test those changes in their clinical settings. They submitted monthly data showing progress, and participated in regular conference calls and the online listserv to share what they have learned with other teams.

What is the value?

Participation in this collaborative gave sites the opportunity to:

  • Improve the patient experience and oral health
  • Create positive rapport with patients and their parents
  • Learn and apply process improvement skills to clinical practice
  • Build a system of measurement to support improvement of population health
  • Implement care processes that are customized to the unique needs of children and adolescents
  • Join a community of colleagues working towards a common aim, and lead the future of oral health care delivery

To implement the disease management protocol in your practice, please visit our DCM Virtual Practicum. For more information, contact us at