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Do midlevel providers improve oral health?

from American Dental Association

An ADA scientific literature review finds no evidence of disease prevention or cost effectiveness associated with midlevel providers such as dental therapists. "The expert panel and the ADA can be proud of the work that went into this report," said Dr. Robert A. Faiella, Association president. "It is an unprecedented look at these issues." The report's principal author, Dr. J. Timothy Wright, said that "this analysis shows midlevel providers who provide surgical treatment do not result in reduced rates of dental caries in the population. Oral health disparities exist regardless of the provider workforce model." more

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