Can Dental Therapists Ease the Dentist Shortage?

The Wall Street Journal

Many Americans lack proper access to dental care. Could creating more dental therapists—clinicians who have less training than dentists but can provide some routine dental care like exams and fillings—help?…

…“This is part of the regular dental team and some of the things a dentist can do can now be done more cost-effectively by a dental therapist,” says Jean Moore, an adviser to the Oral Health Workforce Research Center and director of the Center for Health Workforce Studies, an academic research center based at SUNY Albany’s School of Public Health.

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