Dental Utilization for Communities Served by Dental Therapists in Alaska’s Yukon Kuskokwim Delta: Findings from an Observational Quantitative Study
In this retrospective program evaluation there were two goals: to examine whether dental utilization rates in Alaska Native communities were associated with the number of Dental Therapist treatment days; and to quantify differences in dental utilization rates between communities.
Access to routine dental care should be a right, not a privilege.
The dental workforce also needs to expand, adding mid-level providers – dental therapists – to the dental team.
Dr. Donald Berwick discusses the successes and promise of including Dental Therapists on the Oral Health team
This videotaped message from Dr. Donald Berwick, Senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, was presented on January 23, 2017 within the Community Catalyst Dental Access Project webinar: "Patient Health: How dental therapists can improve health outcomes"
State lawmakers shouldn’t choose between paying dentists higher rates for treating Medicaid or licensing dental therapists. They should do both.
Dental health for the poor is a big problem in Washington state. Some see dental therapists as a route to less expensive care. But the powerful state dentists association has thwarted efforts to allow the therapists.