The Grand Forks Herald says the writing is on the wall: "Mid-level dental practitioners are going to be part of North Dakota's future."
Mid-level providers are critical to expanding access to dental care. Working with dentists and hygienists they help provide preventive and routine dental services, oral health education and a dental home in underserved communities.
From 1930 when rural children in Michigan first received dental care at school as a result of MCHP to 2011 with dental therapists in Alaska, innovative approaches for improving dental health are rooted in partnership with communities.
A review of more than 1,100 documents on dental care provided all over the world indicates that mid-level providers such as dental therapists could greatly expand access to care, especially for children.
This executive summary documents evidence that dental therapists can effectively expand access to dental care, especially for children, and is technically competent, safe and effective.