Perspectives on the Midlevel Practitioner
Access to dental care remains an ongoing challenge for many Americans; however, strides are being made. Direct access to patients and the continued growth of dental therapy are helping more vulnerable populations to receive professional oral health care. Advances in teledentistry and handheld radiography also help support the efforts of dental hygienists and midlevel practitioners in reaching those individuals who most need dental care. We hope you enjoy this overview of access to care problems and solutions with an emphasis on the role of midlevel practitioners.
By Lorene G. Kent, RDH, BA
ACCESS TO CARE
While progress has been made, there is much work to be done to ensure that all Americans have access to professional oral health care services.
By Mary Otto
There are research-supported strategies to expand access to dental care for the United States’ most vulnerable residents.
By Frank Catalanotto, DMD
Many states are expanding scope of practice for dental hygienists and considering dental therapy to meet the need for oral health care among vulnerable populations.
The American Dental Hygienists’ Association continues advocating for reforms to expand the reach of dental hygienist-based dental therapy models, as well as high educational standards.
By Ann Lynch
A dental therapist practicing in Minnesota shares an inside look at his professional path.
By Drew Christianson, MDT, ADT
Teledentistry’s wide array of options enable oral health professionals to effectively promote health and prevent disease.
By Tracye A. Moore, RDH, MS, EdD, and Sheba Jones, RDH, BSDH, AP
Appropriate training and keeping up to date on research are key to ensuring the safe and effective use of a handheld X-ray device.
By Ann M. Bruhn, RDH, BSDH, MS, and Kimberly Lintag, RDH, BSDH, MS
The Early Childhood Oral Health Training Program expands access to care and dental hygienists’ scope of practice.
By Marilynn Rothen, RDH, MS; Grace Choi, BA, RDH; Travis Nelson, DDS, MSD, MPH; and Amy Kim, DDS