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.
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.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation will invest more than $16 million by 2014 in the Dental Therapist Project, which includes efforts in Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Vermont, and Washington.