Scope of Practice
Scope of Practice
USPSTF finds lack of evidence for oral health screening, interventions by PCPs
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is not ready to endorse oral health screening and preventive interventions by primary care providers (PCPs) for adults and adolescents at risk of developing certain oral diseases.
June 6, 2023
Dental therapy scholarships available in Mich.
Scholarships are available to aspiring dental therapists who will work in Michigan after graduation.
March 29, 2023
ADTA joins NPDT as co-chair
The National Partnership for Dental Therapy (NPDT) has added a new co-chair to its organization, the American Dental Therapy Association (ADTA).
March 6, 2023
U.S. court rules dental therapists can receive Medicaid payments
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently ruled that dental health aide therapists in tribal communities in Washington can receive reimbursements from Medicaid, reversing a last-minute decision by the Trump administration.
January 22, 2023
U.S. lawmakers may allow funding for dental therapists
U.S. legislators are considering a proposed appropriations bill of approximately $1.4 trillion that includes a provision which, if approved, would permit federal funding for dental therapists in the fiscal year 2023.
December 8, 2022
Debate to Better Dentistry: Dental therapists
In this new series hosted by Dr. Michael W. Davis, two prominent leaders in the dental profession answer the same questions about a hotly contested topic in the dental profession. Today's debate is on dental therapy and features Drs. Paul Casamassimo and Frank Catalanotto.
December 5, 2022
Dental therapists may be key to serving more patients
Dental therapists contributed to delivering dental care to patients in Alaska, according to a study in the
Journal of the American Dental Association
. The number of diagnostic, preventive, and restorative services in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta rose since the introduction of dental therapy.
October 18, 2022
Global hygienists share thoughts on expanded scope of practice
In an online survey, dental hygienists from 26 countries shared their thoughts on their scope of practice. Researchers summarized their competencies and legal position regarding local anesthesia and caries treatment in a report that was published on October 17 in the
International Dental Journal
October 18, 2022
Dental assistants in the U.S. face new laws, regulatory shifts
In 2021 and 2022, several states in the U.S. and the District of Columbia enacted legislative and regulatory changes affecting dental assistants, according to the Dental Assisting National Board's "State of the States" report.
October 12, 2022
Skagit Valley College dental therapy program receives accreditation
Community Catalyst is celebrating Skagit Valley College receiving accreditation for its dental therapy program by the ADA's Commission on Dental Accreditation.
September 8, 2022
Federal report calls for additional support for dental therapy
A new federal report calls for additional funding and support to grow dental therapy and improve accessibility to oral healthcare.
August 3, 2022
CareQuest urges Congress to lift dental workforce programs funding ban
The CareQuest Institute for Oral Health has joined 90 other organizations in an effort to urge Congress to lift a funding ban on dental workforce programs, specifically dental therapy.
April 10, 2022
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