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Second Opinion: Dental therapists needed for oral health equity
July 30, 2021 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Steven Krauss offers his response to a commentary by dental thought leaders who proposed five strategies for using the Medicaid program to increase oral health equity. Krauss argues that employing dental therapists should also be a solution. Read More
Can Medicaid provide oral healthcare equity?
July 30, 2021 -- Can Medicaid provide oral healthcare equity to poor Americans? Three thought leaders from the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry explored that question in a commentary published in the July edition of the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read More
Vt. tops list of states with best pay for dental assistants
July 20, 2021 -- Vermont tops the list of states with the best hourly pay rates for dental assistants, according to a new survey conducted by the Dental Assisting National Board. Delaware, Washington, Arkansas, and Massachusetts rounded out the top five spots. Read More
Catalanotto: Dental therapy is key to oral health equity
June 25, 2021 -- Dental therapy can improve access to high-quality, safe, and cost-effective care -- and, eventually, boost oral health equity, according to Dr. Frank Catalanotto. He spoke at the June 22 "Behind the PubMed Citation" talk presented by the University of Pennsylvania's Leon Levy Dental Medicine Library. Read More
Law passes on dental therapists in Ore.
June 25, 2021 -- Oregon lawmakers passed a bill on June 23 that would allow a new class of dental therapists working under the supervision of dentists. If it is signed by Gov. Kate Brown, dental therapists in the state could perform numerous procedures, including simple extractions, direct restorations, and some crowns. Read More
Oral health disparities persist in Calif.
June 23, 2021 -- Not all Californians are receiving the dental care they need due to a few key disparities, according to a policy brief from the University of California, Los Angeles Center for Health Policy Research. Read More
Skarnulis named CEO of DANB, DALE
June 23, 2021 -- The Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and the Dental Advancement through Learning and Education (DALE) Foundation have named Laura Skarnulis as their new CEO. Her tenure will begin August 16. Read More
Wis. may authorize dental therapists, auxiliaries
June 14, 2021 -- The state of Wisconsin may authorize two kinds of dental care providers: dental therapists and dental auxiliaries, according to a June 14 report in the Wisconsin State Journal. Read More
Dental graduate medical costs are a growing investment
May 28, 2021 -- Dental graduate medical education is a growing public investment that policy may need to address, according to a study published on May 27 in JAMA Network Open. The Medicare program spends millions each year supporting dental education programs, despite limited support for Medicare beneficiaries. Read More
KCU breaks ground on new dental college
May 27, 2021 -- Kansas City University (KCU) announced it broke ground on May 22 for its new dental college on its campus in Joplin, MO. Read More
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SmileCon 2021
October 10-13
Las Vegas, Nevada United States