USA Today: Dental Therapists Aim to Fill Dental-care Gap
At Maplewood Community Dental Care outside of Minneapolis, dental therapist Megan Meyer regularly fills cavities, extracts primary teeth and puts in crowns and spacers. In most dental practices around the USA, such procedures are the sole responsibility of a dentist. But that's not the case at this community clinic and at a handful of others in Minnesota, where a new type of dental-care practitioner handles these and other basic preventive and restorative services under the supervision of a dentist on-site.
"Many Americans assume that if you have insurance from Medicaid, it means you can get dental care, but that's not true," says Shelly Gehshan, director of the Pew Center on the States Children's Dental Campaign. "Most dentists don't participate, and that means a lot of low-income children and adults struggle to find care."
Read the full article at usatoday.com.
- Children's Dental Policy