Scope of Practice
Dental Therapists: Page 2
Hygienists may be the key to fewer dental visits at hospitals
States that give dental hygienists more autonomy and expand their scope of practice may have fewer preventable nontraumatic dental visits at emergency rooms, according to a study published March 5 in
Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
March 8, 2022
Kellogg touts new book on dental therapy
The Kellogg Foundation has released a new e-book that tells the origin story of the dental therapy movement as the foundation worked to improve care for underserved people in Alaska Native communities.
November 17, 2021
4th dental therapy program in U.S. launches in Minn.
The fourth dental therapy program in the U.S. has launched at Minnesota State University, Mankato, indicating a growing demand for these professionals, according to a story published on October 15 by Pew Charitable Trusts.
October 19, 2021
Second Opinion: Dental therapists key to making Medicare benefit work
For the first time since Medicare's inception in 1965, Congress may approve legislation that adds dental benefits to Medicare Part B. In his next Second Opinion piece, Dr. Frank Catalanotto shares why dental therapists may be the key to making Medicare benefits work.
September 29, 2021
Dental therapists net median income of $81K-$90K
Dental therapists in Minnesota netted a median annual income of $81,000 to $90,000, while advanced dental therapists in the state earned up to a median of $100,000 per year, according to a recent survey published in the
Journal of the American Dental Association
August 18, 2021
Second Opinion: Dental therapists needed for oral health equity
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.
July 29, 2021
Week in Review: New OSHA standards | Dental therapists gaining traction | Implant adverse events
June 25, 2021
Law passes on dental therapists in Ore.
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.
June 24, 2021
Catalanotto: Dental therapy is key to oral health equity
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.
June 24, 2021
Wis. may authorize dental therapists, auxiliaries
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
June 13, 2021
Mich. finalizes dental therapy rules
Michigan state regulators recently finalized rules that allow dental therapists to obtain licenses and begin to practice in the state, according to a May 17 Pew Charitable Trusts article.
May 20, 2021
1st East Coast dental therapist starts work
The East Coast's first-ever dental therapist, Claire Roesler, started her job in Bangor, ME, at Penobscot Community Health Care this month.
March 21, 2021
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