Posts for Dental Access Project

Pacific Northwest Indian Tribe Exercises Sovereignty to Provide Desperately Needed Oral Health Care to its Community

There is an oral health crisis in Indian Country and as a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, I have seen it firsthand.

Two More States Moving Toward Adding Dental Therapists to Care Team

Over the last few weeks, we have seen significant progress across the country for community-driven efforts to improve access to dental care by adding dental therapists to the dental team.

Commission on Dental Accreditation Supports National Training Standards for Dental Therapy Programs

On February 6 in a conference room at the American Dental Association’s headquarters in Chicago, the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) voted overwhelmingly to adopt national training standards for dental therapy education programs.

Cross-Post: Will dental therapists “change the world” (of U.S. dental care) in 2015?

Change is hard. Change takes time. Change is worth fighting for especially when it relates to improving access to oral health care.

The Time is Now: Maine’s Mid-Level Dental Provider Law a Signal to Industry, the Nation

Yesterday, Maine Governor Paul LePage signed a bill authorizing mid-level dental providers to practice in the state. Mainers, like Americans in every state, face barriers to accessing affordable dental care in their communities. The bill is a step forward to...

Health Equity In Focus: Building Diverse Coalitions for Policy Change: Lessons from Oral Health Campaigns


Dental Market Forecast: Dental Therapists on the Horizon

Two factors are forcing the dental industry to re-evaluate itself. First, millions of Americans lack access to dental care. Second, the dental sector is experiencing a slowdown in spending and predicting sluggish growth for decades to come.

Once Is Chance, Twice is Coincidence, Third Time Is a Trend: Growing Momentum for Dental Therapists

Rowena Ventura, director of We Are the Uninsured in Cleveland, knows firsthand the horrific effects that the lack of affordable dental care can have.

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Kids: Making Sure Families Can Afford Pediatric Dental Benefits Under the ACA

I always tell my kids, don’t forget to brush your teeth! As we gear up for open enrollment in October, that phrase takes on a whole new meaning: Don’t forget to buy your pediatric coverage.
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