Written by thelundreport.org Tuesday, 28 December 2010 09:10
Oral health advocates, bolstered by favorable national reports on dental therapists, are pushing for legislation that would train and deploy mid-level providers. But the Oregon Dental Association (ODA) promises to fight any bill introduced next session.
Judith Woodruff, health work force program director with the Northwest Health Foundation, advocated for developing training programs for dental therapists, a new type of provider whose scope of practice falls between that of a dental assistant and a dentist. Dental therapists would be relatively inexpensive to train and hire, Woodruff said in testimony before the Senate Interim Committee on Health Care last week.