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Program Description

  Dental Services

This program provides dental services in five clinics to promote oral health. Services include instruction in preventive health practices, primary assessments, targeted dental services, and emergency services. Services are provided to income-eligible Montgomery County children, pregnant women, adults, and seniors.

Program Contacts

Contact Dr. James Bridgers of the HHS - Public Health Services at 240.777.4253 or Deborah Lambert of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2794 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY20Actual FY21Estimated FY22Target FY23Target FY24
Number of pediatric dental referrals to outside pediatric specialist 1293137303050
Percent of appointments that are missed/canceled28%11%20%20%20%
Dental Services - Percent of children that complete their dental treatment plan 215%16%30%30%30%
1  Since we began providing in-house pediatric services, there has been a dramatic reduction in the need to refer patients out for pediatric dentistry specialty services. For FY22, we have added a second pediatric dentist from University of Maryland to provide in-house pediatric dentistry services. This should cause a further reduction in the number of pediatric patients referred outside for services over the period from FY22 - FY24.
2  Some reasons for the low percentage include: (1) There is a 2-3 month wait to get a dental appointment; (2) Parents cancel appointments or do not show for a variety of reasons; (3) Caries in our child population often necessitate 6 or 7 appointments to complete treatment (average number of visits to complete is three); and (4) A small number are completed at a specialist's office and are not reflected in the statistic.

Program Budget Changes

FY23 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY22 Approved337860716.00
Enhance: Dental Specialty Care1000000.00
Increase Cost: Consultant to Facilitate a Collaborative Design Process to Re-imagine Dental Services600000.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.1137280.00
FY23 Approved365233516.00