Columbus Dispatch: Many older adults can’t afford to see a dentist and suffer the consequences of poor oral health
Access to dental care is the No.1 unmet health need for low income adults in Ohio, said David Maywhoor, director of Universal Health Care Action Network Ohio’s program to increase access to dental care.
Dr. Larry Hill discusses how dental therapists could help bring quality dental care to more children and families across Ohio.
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.
Cathy Smathers, clinic director of Townhall II in Kent Ohio shares what it’s like to work with people who are suffering from lack of dental care access.
Rowena Ventura, an advocate with We Are the Uninsured, shares a personal story of a close friend and her son who have suffered from lack of dental access.
Valerie Perkins, Cincinnati resident, talks about the effects of poor dental health on her overall health.
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.
The report reviews the history and practice of dental therapists in 54 countries ranging from the United States to Malaysia. According to the report, dental therapists provide technically competent, safe and effective care, while also improving access to care.