An introduction to the National Model Practice Act and accompanying report from Dr. Caswell Evans.
National Model Practice Act and accompanying report provides states and tribal governments the information needed to create standards and systems for the dental therapy profession that are built on the evidence and experience of existing programs.
The first long-term study of dental therapist utilization from the University of Washington found that greater access to dental therapists’ services resulted in more use of preventive dental services and fewer extractions among adults and children.
The Kaiser Family Foundation analyzes the dental-health professional shortage areas in each state in order to show which states have the largest discrepancies in dental-care access.
Apple Tree Dental (Minnesota) profiles dental therapists providing on-site care to residents of a long-term care facility for veterans. The study showed practitioners provided safe and cost-effective care.
Program evaluations repeatedly showed that dental therapy improves access to care and prevention services for historically underserved populations, and patients are highly satisfied with their care.
Chart developed by Community Catalyst demonstrating dental therapists in Alaska and Minnesota share a similar scope of practice, the most commonly needed procedures needed in underserved settings.
Authored by Dr. David Nash this offers comprehensive review of history coving issues of education, scope or practice and the safety record of the provider.
Authored by Dr. Burton Edelstein this offers a primer on some of the core areas discussed when building this new profession including roles, scope of practice, education and some policy considerations.
A report highlighting the role community colleges can play in educating dental therapists modeled on the standards developed by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC).
Pew Charitable Trust provides research and analysis on dental therapists in their states to ensure patients have greater access to preventive and restorative treatment services.