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.
Adding DHATs to VT will help with the economy and with access for people in VT. There are already places to train them.
A new bill in Vermont could grow the ranks of people who can provide affordable, high-quality dental care.
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."
Oral health is critical to overall health, yet millions of Americans can’t get access to dental care where and when they need it: in their own communities.
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.