Dental Therapy Reports

Dental Therapy Reports

Key Studies about the Quality, Safety and Cost Effectiveness of Dental Therapists

All published studies about dental therapy (nearly 1,500 in total) support dental therapy as an evidence-based solution to increase dental access and improve oral health equity. Dental therapists are mid-level oral health providers, similar to a physician’s assistant for medical care, who are hired and supervised by dentists who choose to employ them as a key player on their dental team.

Dental therapists receive rigorous training in a select set of routine procedures such as filling cavities, placing temporary crowns, and extracting badly diseased or loose teeth. Highlights include:

  • Dental therapists graduate from an American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) dental therapy educational program (three academic years of full-time instruction including clinical experience) – the same accrediting body for dental schools.

  • Dental therapists complete the exact same licensing exam as dentists for the procedures they perform.
  • Dental therapists can expand a public or private dental practice to increase access to dental care.
  • Dental therapists enter the dental workforce with less school debt than a dentist.
  • Dental therapists in Florida would practice under the supervision of a Florida-licensed dentist in the following settings: private dental practices; programs or institutions of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ); Nonprofit community health centers; Head Start programs; federally qualified health centers; School-based prevention programs; clinics and programs operated by accredited dentistry and dental hygiene colleges in Florida.

Key Dental Therapy Reports