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Dental therapists not free market solution to dental woes

When healthcare reform is invoked in politics, there’s one area left out too often: our teeth. According to the CDC, only 64 percent of adults had a dental appointment last year. In Broward County, 19 percent of adults didn’t see a dentist in 2017 because of cost. That’s appalling. And in more rural parts of the country, dentists are hard […]

Dental therapists are no free market solution to dental woes

The current state of dental care in Florida is a mess. Florida lawmakers are right to address it. However, the proposed solution of midlevel providers called dental therapists in SB 1498 misses the mark and is anything but a market solution. Dental therapists require less training and education than dentists and can perform a fraction of […]

Dental therapists and dental reform

ARIZONA CAPITOL TIMES: To drill or not to drill? For the past few months, it’s a question Arizona state lawmakers have been asking themselves and various experts in the dental field.

Dental Therapists: A new dental category may not be the answer

Because so much of the U.S. healthcare system is focused on medical expenses, benefits, and insurance programs, it’s an unfortunate fact that dental care is often neglected. An estimated 35.6 percent of U.S. adults didn’t visit a dentist last year, along with 55.3 percent of Medicaid-eligible children. Is it mostly because people cannot find enough dentists […]

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