The gap between those who have access to dental care and those who don’t can be narrowed. The opportunity to close the gap is within reach.
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.
Matthew Thorpe, Columbus resident, shares his story of the difficulties of getting dental care while homeless.
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"
Reason.com's Eric Boehm writes that midlevel 'dental therapists' can care for underserved Medicaid patents—but dentists see competition.
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.
State lawmakers shouldn’t choose between paying dentists higher rates for treating Medicaid or licensing dental therapists. They should do both.