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.
As part of a community-led solution from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, dental therapists are filling the unmet oral health needs in Alaska. Meet Conan Murat, one of the first dental therapists in Alaska.
Learn how tribal communities in Alaska brought dental therapists to their communities and the health and financial impact it has had.
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.
Dr. Mary Williard explains how using remote supervision by a dentist allows these practitioners to reach more people in rural areas.
This report assesses the economic viability of services provided by practicing midlevel dental providers in the U.S. and shows that they are expanding preventive dental care to people who need it most: children and those who can't afford care.